10am: Thornbury in Bloom Annual Bring and Buy Plant Sale
Thornbury Town Hall
10am-1pm outside the Town Hall in the High Street.
As you may know Thornbury In Bloom will be attempting to put together an entry for the South West In Bloom competition this year. It will be hard as we are not able to hold many of our fund raising events.
However one we can do is to hold our Annual Bring and Buy Plant Sale.
We need donations of plants - labeled with basic details where possible.
We need customers to come and snap up some of the fantastic bargains that will be found.
We need a few helpers to set up and man the stall during the morning.
If you are able to donate plants please bring them about 9am to the stall or deliver to Thornbury Garden Shop during the week before.
If you can help on the day - please let... Read more >>
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 2019 we were in the South West In Bloom competition and we won the Champion of Champions class for the South West.
Last year we were unable to run the competition, so this year we want it to be better than ever! In keeping with this 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 week commencing 19th 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.
Sue Aitken says: "Just a note to let you know the good news that Briony Elsbury has been elected as our new Chairman.
Although new to Thornbury In Bloom, Briony is known to many local people as she has worked in several local businesses in the town.
Briony is full of good ideas and plans on how to keep us planting and involving the community.
No doubt you will be hearing more from her as time goes on.
If you would like to get in touch with Briony to offer help or support her email is
In the meantime please feel free to continue using this email for other In Bloom enquiries and we will share or pass on details as required.
So here's hoping that this year will see one where we can move forward and continue our In Bloom success."
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.