9.30am: Thornbury in Bloom Community Clean Up Day
Anchor Inn, Thornbury
Help make Thornbury tidy and shining in the best possible light for this year's In Bloom judging, which will take place on Thursday 21st July.
As you know the High Street is full of 30 large black planters placed there by South Glos. Although their future is uncertain we will have them there for the summer and therefore we want them to be as colourful as possible.
We have some funding from South Glos and we are working on ways to get them watered.
We need to have some uniformity about the planting to make a bit of a splash and we need to make them as drought resistant as possible .
The plan is to have a substantial plant - preferably a Phormium, which will be there all year, failing this a Cordyline and then pack them full of brightly coloured Geraniums, preferably many trailing to cover up a lot of the black.
We need a small team of people who could help clear the old daffodils, weeds, old plants and then plant up and water and dead- head for the summer.
We can either have a team of people to cover the whole area or different groups to "adopt" certain planters- while working to keep the theme running through the area.
If you would be interested in helping out please do get in touch. We can now start clearing the old to get ready for planting at the end of the month- with it all completed in time for the Jubilee weekend.
Looking forward to hearing from some of you!
As you know we have, in recent years, had unprecedented success in both South West in Bloom and the National RHS Britain in Bloom Awards.
In 2021 we were in the South West In Bloom competition; we won a Gold medal, the Sargent cup and the overall trophy for Best in The South West.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we will be having this as our theme! We hope that the residents of Thornbury will really get behind our team and enter our local garden competition. There’s a class for everyone, including first timers — so no excuses... please join us!
As well as being good fun it makes the town an even more beautiful place to live and will help our entry as the quality of our local competition will be noted by the “In Bloom” judges. This year the town will be judged once for the South West in July.
Local garden judging (by our Thornbury in Bloom committee members and guests) will take place after the town has been judged and no earlier than the 18th July and winners will be announced at a presentation afternoon in the autumn. All entrants will be invited to attend.
We would also like nominations for a special Young People’s Project Award.
We would like this to be a project involving gardening, conservation or re-cycling where a young person, or group of young people, have taken an initiative themselves and are improving an area in the town. Please provide us with as much information as possible initially with contact details for us to follow up.
Click here to download a leaflet with more information about the Garden Competition.
To enter your home/shop in the Thornbury in Bloom competition, please collect an entry form from Thornbury Garden Shop or T & J Owen's Florist during the Spring.
If you'd like to receive the Thornbury In Bloom newsletter by email, or to join the committee, send your email address to:
Most of the photographs on this page are kindly supplied by Rich McD Photography.
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.