Sue Aitken writes: "I am delighted to let you know that we came back from the South West In Bloom awards in October 2021 with arms full of trophies!
We enter the Sargent Cup class which is for towns of our population size. We won a Gold medal and the overall trophy for the class, narrowly beating Tavistock which also won Gold.
We were then awarded one of the Discretionary awards for "Outstanding Community Effort" - the judge was really impressed by the number of people and different groups that support In Bloom and this made us stand out from the crowd!
Finally at the end of the day we were awarded the "Sponsors Trophy" which is given to THE BEST entry of all the different classes.
Thank-you to absolutely everyone who has done anything to support us this year, from dropping a few coins into the collection box, to making large donations, pulling out weeds and sweeping pavements- every bit of the jigsaw makes us a complete and successful entry.
Results for the It's Your Neighbourhood Awards are being posted out shortly.
Well done to everyone!
Sue, Briony and the team!
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.
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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.