Bloomin’ great result earns Thornbury a place in national final

February 26 2018
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THORNBURY’S award winning success in the South West in Bloom competition has given it an entry into the 2018 nationwide Britain in Bloom challenge.

THORNBURY’S award winning success in the South West in Bloom competition has given it an entry into the 2018 nationwide Britain in Bloom challenge.

It will be among 76 places in the country to be judged not only on horticultural displays but also for wildlife friendly features, wide community participation and efforts to help tackle climate change.

All those chosen have excelled in their regional rounds, earning the right to bid for UK-wide honours.

Since the Thornbury in Bloom team was formed in 1991, it has won a string of awards and trophies at regional level, as well as being named best in category in the national contest in 2009.

Many gold awards have been presented to the town and last year it won the Champion of Champions class in the South West in Bloom competition, which allowed it to go into this year’s prestigious national event.

It will be judged in the eight-strong town category, where opposition will come from the likes of Tewkesbury, Amersham, Linlithgow and Morpeth.

As part of the team’s campaign, it needs to raise £20,000 to maintain its standard of planting so will be looking for sponsorship, as well as organising fund raising events.

It also has plans for new projects, from a meadow of remembrance to the planting up of two boats, and has adopted a theme of bugs, bees and butterflies, with a number of blue heart symbols to be used to identify areas aimed at helping wildlife.

Two phases of judging will take place in the town in the summer - the first in mid-July for the South West regional awards and the second in early August for the national contest.