I have lived in The Culvert for just over two years and have been looking at the lack of flowers/plant life around Bradley Stoke in the residential areas.
I’m from Shropshire and the town I’m from has won Britain in Bloom on numerous occasions. The main area focused on in Shropshire are the roundabouts. They get local businesses to sponsor a roundabout and fill it with plants, flowers and sculptures. They sometimes get the local residents to vote on their favourite roundabout and give the winning company a double page spread advertisement in the local Journal.
Usually the roundabouts are decorated to fit with the businesses’ images. For example, the local steam railway put a train engine on one year and the next made a train out of flowers and the local water company made a river out of flowers and stones. Lots of the roundabouts and flower decorations are made or designed by the local schools and community centres.
I have given it some thought and have discussed it with residents of some of the other streets, and we all think it would be a good idea to try and enter Britain in Bloom in the next few years. I think it will really brighten Bradley Stoke up and could give it a good sense of community if we could run some classes in the schools about gardening and plant care and some activity days at the Willow Brook Centre to get the whole town involved.
It’s not just roundabouts and community areas that are brightened up – the schools make their own decorative flower planters and many of the residents take more pride and care in their front gardens to make an impression.
For more info, see: New to Bloom (Royal Horticultural Society)
I really think Bradley Stoke could so with something like this to make it a bit brighter and a bit more memorable.
[Ed: Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Zee at: firstname.lastname@example.org]
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