7.30pm: 'Nature on our doorstep: snapshots of Thornbury's wildlife'
The Swan, Thornbury
An illustrated talk by Paul Raven, local conservationist and author, showing the fascinating variety of plants and animals which can be seen from a bicycle ride or ramble along our local lanes.
Tickets £5 (to include light refreshments) on the door or in advance from Thornbury Garden Shop and T & J Owens.
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Have you ever wondered how the name of Thornbury was derived? Well, Thornbury Museum has given me the following comments regarding the derivation of the name:
In Caffall’s book he says "Thornbury is described in the Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names as a "Burg where thorns grew", or the "Burg protected by a thorn hedge". Early spellings of the name are Thornbyrig (896), Turneberie (1086), Torneburi (1220), Thornbir(y) (1242) and Turneberie (1317)."
Quite a number of options then! But research suggests that pre-Norman Thornbury, a much smaller place than it is today was built on the rocky platform above the marshes, perhaps enclosed or encircled by a hedge of thorn bushes.
A ring of thorns in the town could be a symbolic representation of the town’s name.
Well, Thornbury in Bloom have agreed that they would like to bring the name of Thornbury to life….literally. They will be planting a ‘Ring of Thorns’ in the town! It has been agreed with Tesco that we can dedicate a section of their land to plant a ring of hawthorns. This land, on the bank next to Bristol Road and opposite the tops of Daggs Allotments will become the home of the ‘Ring of Thorns’.
This feature will offer a reminder to everyone of the Thornbury name and will become a key feature for the Britain in Bloom judges when they visit us every summer. We will plant 12 semi mature hawthorn bushes in a ring about 20 to 25 feet in diameter.
There is a little preparation work required before the hawthorn can be planted. The bushes and goat willow currently in the area s will be cleared during February. The area will then be tidied up and new grass seed sown. Thornbury in Bloom appreciate that some people may be upset by this, but they are sure that the new ‘planted’ feature that the town will enjoy will more than compensate for this disruption.
Tesco, who are happy for this land to be used to plant the ‘Ring of Thorns’, have agreed that they will also maintain the area going forward as part of their normal grounds maintenance activities.
So watch this space over the Spring as it comes to life with the ‘Ring of Thorns’!
Click here to read The Gazette's article on 'A Thorny Issue'.
Click here to read the report given to Thornbury in Bloom's 2014 Annual General Meeting by the Chair, Guy Rawlinson.
Thornbury has been awarded a Gold Medal in the South West in Bloom 2014 Champion of Champions class - a great honour! - and Silver Gilt in the National Competition.
Our 9 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards all did really well, and The Anchor Pub was nominated for the Best Floral Pub.
We were also nominated for a prize for our Judges portfolio, which is the " diary" we give to the judges to show our years work!
Well done to everyone who has helped in the smallest or largest way - whoever you are this award IS FOR YOU!
Regards, the TiB Team
One of the most important parts of the In Bloom competition is long term planting, and over the last few years several people have funded a tree in Thornbury as either a memorial for loved ones or as a business or society sponsorship.
The cost of a tree can be between £200 and £350 depending on the size of the tree and the variety.
If you, as an individual or as a representative of a business or community group, would like to discuss sponsoring a tree please get in touch with Judith Hurford our Tree Warden on 01454 414074 or .
The photo shows Judith Hurford and Guy Rawlinson, Chair of the Town Council Environment Committee and Chair of Thornbury in Bloom.
Judith Hurford heads a group of volunteers in Thornbury called the Tree Strategy Group, which has been recognised by Britain in Bloom for its contribution to Thornbury's green heritage, planting trees in many locations over the last five years.
We all enjoy the floral displays that brighten up Thornbury each Summer. Imaginative floral creations welcome us as we enter the town, and hanging baskets and tubs create colourful splashes throughout the town centre.
For this we have to thank the Thornbury in Bloom Committee - a group of volunteers who raise money each year to fund the displays, and work hard to plant up the various containers.
Their efforts make Thornbury an attractive place for locals and visitors.
Thornbury's green-fingered experts are closely involved; Jean Owen from J&T Owen florists decorates the Parish Pump as well as other containers throughout Thornbury, and Sue Aitken from Thornbury Garden Shop fills upturned putchers - these used to be used for catching fish on the River Severn and provide a visual link with Thornbury's heritage.
You'll find the putchers around Rock Street, the allotments and at Thornbury Garden Shop.
It's not just those of us who live locally who appreciate the effort and skill that goes into creating the floral displays. The Thornbury in Bloom committee enters the Britain in Bloom competition, and regularly wins awards.
Prizes are awarded locally to businesses: pubs, shops and even industrial units take part.
There are also local prizes for private gardens, and everyone is encouraged to take part. There are certificates and garden vouchers to be won!
Each Spring the Thornbury in Bloom committee holds a Thornbury in Bloom Day, with plant stalls and collections, culminating with an evening event, which in the past has involved presentations by Chelsea Gold Medal winners such as Jekka McVicar and Leyhill Prison.