Bradley Stoke Town Council, which last year set a target of winning a ‘Britain in Bloom’ prize for the town within the next five years, has announced two competitions intended to raise awareness of the project.
Residents can enter a Sunflower Growing Competition by collecting a sunflower seed from the town council office (at the Jubilee Centre) and completing a registration form. Judging will take place in September.
For those proud of their horticultural achievements, there will also be a Front Garden Award, to be judged over the summer. Residents can either nominate themselves or a neighbour.
The two competitions were agreed at the second open public meeting called to discuss the ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ project, held on 19th March.
Organisations that have shown support by attending the first two meetings include the Friends of Jubilee Green (who will promote the Sunflower Growing Competition at their community events), Southern Brooks Community Partnership, Sow and Sows Allotment Group and the Bradley Stoke Townswomen’s Guild.
The next open public meeting for the ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ project takes place at the Jubilee Centre on Tuesday 16th April (7:30pm start), when two guest speakers from the ‘Yate & Dodington in Bloom’ will attend to offer guidance. Everyone thinking of attending is encouraged to “bring a friend” and also invite neighbours who have good gardens.
Supporters of the project are also planning to generate interest by running a ‘Britain in Bloom’ stall at the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in June.
The town council’s initiative follows the publication of a letter on he Bradley Stoke Journal website in April 2011, in which a resident bemoaned the lack of flowers/plant life in residential areas of the town.
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