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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We are back from the South West In Bloom award ceremony with lots of good news.
The Anchor in Lower Morton won a Gold Medal in the new Business, Leisure and Tourism class.
We had 14 Its Your Neighbourhood entries - the results are as follows:
(Outstanding is the top award, Thriving being the second and Advancing being an award for new projects.)
Thornbury itself then won a Gold Medal and the Sargeants Cup for our size Town.
We were then very pleased that our treasurer and one of our longest serving committee members , of about 26 years, Syd Philp received a special award for his outstanding long service.
Congratulations to absolutely everyone who has been involved in any way.
We still have the National competition results to be announced which will be on the 19th October.
Well done to all!
Sheila, Sue and the whole Team
We are honoured to be again representing the South West in the National Competition Finals. Previously we did this in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
To keep up our standard we need to do everything just as well as before and a bit better as the standard in the nationals is even higher than the normal regional competition.
Fund raising is therefore very important and this year due to a change in VAT rules we have to raise about 20% more than before!
Luckily we are all up for a challenge but need your help!
See the events calendar and the bottom of this page for details of our fund raising events.
For 2017 we entered the South West in Bloom Champion of Champions class - that is - we were competing against all last year's winners in a class of our own.
All the other entries, Beer, Exmouth, Falmouth, Marlborough, Paignton and Tresco won a Gold medal, but we were chosen as the best!
We were also given an award for the best use of native wildflowers for flowers at Morton Bridge and Tesco Bank.
The Anchor Pub won the award for the Best Floral Pub in the South West and Tony Sansum and Sue Aitken were awarded a special award for service over the years to South West in Bloom!
Rather a good day all round!
Thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way, either practical or financial. The result is for our town and everyone who lives here - so congratulations to ALL OF US!
The photo shows Filnore Friends chairman Eric holding the Thornbury in Bloom Commendation Cup presented this year to The Filnore Woods Team. They were also awarded a 'Thriving' award by the RHS 'It's Your Neighbourhood' scheme.
There is a lovely new project being undertaken opposite the Anchor in front of the Community Orchard where lots of new Wildflowers have been sown.
The volunteers there are doing a fantastic job as are the volunteers in the Community Orchard but they have some issues with a gate needing repair, a fence needing strengthening and extending and a bit of stone walling needing repair.
If you have any skills in this type of work and a few hours you could spare please get in touch with us and we will put you in touch with the volunteers there.
Thornbury Leisure Centre are anxious to work with the community and to support the community and finding some way of improving the grounds around the car park is very important. If you get the chance do go and look at the most amazing show of wild primroses at the end of the car park there.
We would like to set up a "Friends" group who could perhaps give some time to the ground there in a practical or fund raising way. It is a large piece of ground surrounded by woods and fields that could be a valuable wildlife resource.
At the moment the shrub borders are in a poor state and litter is an issue and we need to do more work to see what can be done. If a small group of people who perhaps use the Leisure Centre, the Composting Site, Filnore Woods or Filnore Allotments on a regular basis could join together, perhaps some improvement could be made?
Any volunteers or ideas?
Thornbury in Bloom have brought the name of Thornbury to life... literally.
In 2015 they planted a ‘Ring of Thorns’ - 12 Hawthorn (May) trees on the bank outside Tesco overlooking the allotments.
It is a piece of ground owned by Tesco and they kindly allowed us to use it and this has opened it up as a wonderful viewpoint towards the river.
The trees have been underplanted with Snowdrops, bluebells and wild primroses all of which have flowered.
The ring of thorns is a symbol to remind us that the name "Thornbury" in ancient language means a dwelling surrounded by thorns.
To celebrate the planting we had a group of children from Crossways school performing a Maypole dance inside the "Ring of Thorns".
This feature offers a reminder to everyone of the Thornbury name and a key feature for the Britain in Bloom judges when they visit us every summer.
Tesco have agreed to maintain the area going forward as part of their normal grounds maintenance activities.
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.