Bradley Stoke in Bloom
RHS Britain in Bloom is one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns. More than 1,100 cities, towns and villages participate each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement. The RHS Britain in Bloom campaign is a year-round initiative, which sees communities the length and breadth of the UK working to improve their local environments. Communities of all sizes take part, from small villages to large cities. Some groups are entirely voluntarily run and some work in partnership with their local council. For further information about the campaign, please visit the RHS Britain in Bloom website.
Bradley Stoke Town Council initially held a series of meetings with the aim of involving local groups, organisations, residents and businesses in creating a Britain in Bloom entry for the town Following the successful meetings which were well attended by an enthusiastic group of residents and representatives from local organisations and groups, a Steering Group was formed.
The Steering Group has now taken over the running of the project.
For more information, please visit the following website: www.bradleystokeinbloom.com
Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2021 Best Front Garden Competition
As our annual best front garden competition is now in its 9th year, I think we can justifiably claim it is now a firm fixture in Bradley Stokes social calendar. This year we had a record breaking 24 gardens enter the competition: 14 in the large category and 10 in the Small category, an almost equal mix of competition veterans and first timers. (Thornbury in Bloom only had 9 enter their competition so we're feeling ever so slightly smug)
On Saturday 17th July (one of the hottest days of the year) we split into 3 groups and armed with water bottles, cards, cameras & clipboards spent the day judging your amazing gardens. Usually we have just 4 categories: 'Well kept frontage' 'Quantity / quality of plants' 'Out-standing character' 'Well kept lawn, paths, driveway' but this year we added an 'Environmental' category. Although it was left for the judges to decide for themselves how to award points in this category, items such as butterfly café's, wildlife food & water, homemade seats, recycled materials, water butts, fruit / veg / sustainable planting were well received by us all.
Every garden we saw was unique, with such a wide variety of tastes and styles but each reflecting their owners desire to make their own space a glorious green haven and in doing so not only enhanced their own home but their hometown too and for that we're all very grateful, as it makes us feel we really are part of a lovely community.
The pictures of the gardens show how wonderful they all were, much more so than I could describe here so I shall just say that the joint first place to newcomers Michelle and Andy Dent and to veterans Paul & Judith Johnson was well deserved, even more so when we discovered that the Dent's stunning garden was less than 1 year old. And it was a great pleasure to again give Maureen Hopkins & Evelyn Coates their 1st prize in the small garden category, Maureen was our first winner in 2013 and again in 2014 and after taking a few years out returned to win again in 2019 & 2020!
Best Large Garden 2021
- 1st place: Michelle & Andy Dent
- 1st place: Paul & Judith Johnson
- 3rd place: Charley Plenty
- 4th place: Richard & Gill Love
Runners up: (In alphabetical order)
- Alisa & Richard Aquilina
- Anil Mathew
- Anne & Harry Hughes
- David Neale & Jenny
- Elizabeth Mathew
- Helen & Graham Egarr
- Jitesh Mistry
- John & Sue Burton
- Krishnan Rambadhran
- Penny Bidder
Best Small Garden 2021
- 1st place: Maureen Hopkins & Evelyn Coates
- 2nd place: Lewis Warnes
- 3rd place: Jon & Karen Lane
Runners up: (In alphabetical order)
- Angela Morey
- Aurgharupa Majumdar & Gokul Nayar
- Christine Price
- Fred J Hillberg
- Gemma Gamen
- Mandy & Wayne Randall
- Myles Cutler
Facebook Favourite 2021: Was won by this year by Richard & Gill Love who received a second framed certificate and engraved medal and a £15 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
'Greenest' Garden 2021: Krishnan Rambadhran (S) scooped this prize and took home a second framed certificate & engraved medal and a £25 AGC voucher. Thank you to the Bradley Stoke Zero Carbon Group who contributed to the cost of Krish's prizes.
1st prizes for the Large Garden were their names engraved onto our shield, which they get to keep for 6 months, a personalised glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, an engraved gold medal, a rose soap, a £25 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre & a meal for 2 with a bottle of wine voucher donated by The Hollow Tree.
1st prize for the Small Garden was a personalised glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, an engraved gold medal, a rose soap, a £25 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre & a Friday Night Event voucher donated by The Aztec Hotel & Spa.
2nd prize for the Small Garden was a personalised glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, an engraved silver medal, a rose soap, a £15 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre & a Tea for Two voucher donated by The Aztec Hotel & Spa.
3rd prizes were a personalised glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, an engraved silver medal, a rose soap, a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.
All runners up received a framed certificate, a rose soap & an engraved bronze medal.
Our Mayor Michael Hill had declared that he was looking forward to handing out the prizes and only paled a little when he realized the size of the task! But at the Picnic on the Green he did a sterling job and for those that weren't able to make the Saturday he kindly invited them to the Council meeting where his chain straightened and repolished the remainder of the prizes were awarded. Our shield is now full so next year it will be framed and hung in the Town Councils office and two new shields will be bought, one for each for the small and large categories which just leaves me to say a big Thank You to everyone who entered or who gave up their day to be a judge or who have engraved trophies or donated prizes, the competition would be nothing without you!
Bradley Stoke in Bloom Group
It's Your Neighbourhood
The Royal Horticultural Society's It's Your Neighbourhood campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved.
RHS It's Your Neighbourhood is a unique scheme for volunteered led community gardening projects/groups who are focused on improving their local environment through community gardening. They can be working in their local street, estate where they live, a back alley they share with their neighbours, or the local community centre's outdoor space. Almost any outdoor site being looked after by the local community qualifies for this scheme. RHS It's Your Neighbourhood is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme, a group can be made up of any number of community volunteers.
In 2019, Bradley Stoke in Bloom were very pleased to announce they had been awarded a Level 5 Outstanding Award in the It's Your Neighbourhood category