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Bradley Stoke in Bloom April update

Posted on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at 5:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke in Bloom volunteers on Sherbournes Brake Roundabout.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Twinned roundabout

Winter may have been a quiet time for our ‘in bloom’ group, but it seems that spring is not! Spurred on by the Twinning Association visit by a party from Champs-sur-Marne, we bought forward our April workday so that we could include the group in our ‘French roundabout’ project. Well, that was the plan! However, there was a clash in their schedule meaning they weren’t about to help on the day. We couldn’t get a French skep (straw beehive) or a ‘twinned with…’ sign, but apart from that, the day went well!

We chose Sherbournes Brake Roundabout (at the junction of Brook Way, Baileys Court Road and Orpheus Avenue) and have planted French lavender, campanula, penstemon, delphinium and phlox – only choosing plants that will have white or purple flowers. The centre piece is a rather English WBC beehive (named after William Broughton Carr). We know this, as a couple of members from Little Stoke Beekeepers’ Association stopped by and told us! But we did know some bee history that they didn’t: that Childeric the 1st was the first of the French monarchs to have used the bee as a symbol of ‘immortality and resurrection’!

The hive is just for decoration; as it has no base or combs, it isn’t a suitable home for any real bees.

Our thanks must go to Almondsbury Garden Centre for donating the bedding plants and to the neighbours, Lula and Brain who bought us out cold drinks and have promised to water the plants for us. The popularity of this project and its use as a handy landmark has made us think that we should bring forward our plans for some of the other roundabouts in the town.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom February update

Posted on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at 10:36 pm by SH (Editor)

'Valentine's tree' on Savages Wood Road. Created by Bradley Stoke in Bloom.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Winter is a quiet time for an In Bloom group. Apart from tidy ups, planning and eating biscuits, there seems little for us to do. We have been keeping busy though, and have been planting bulbs around the town which are already beginning to show.

Although not strictly in our remit, we also collected the fallen leaves from under the Baileys Court conker tree, as these trees are under threat by the horse chestnut leaf miner moth. As some agencies are suggesting that the trees could be wiped out in just 15 year’s time, we wanted to do what we could, so we agreed with South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) tree officer that we would collect the infected fallen leaves and burn them; this destroys the moths’ eggs and stops them re-infecting the tree in the spring.

After two years of waiting, we finally received the much-heralded map from SGC showing the plots of land that they have deemed suitable for use by community groups. Sadly, most of the plots suggested are either hidden away behind residential areas or are very small (they include a 1ft wide strip of mud next to a driveway or half of a small verge) or are unsuitable for us (although we do know how to lay a hedge and how to clear bramble from paths, that’s not what we’re here for). We also spoke to some of the neighbours of the plots and they weren’t keen on having their boundary trees made into a hedge or having their ‘kick about’ patch made into a wildflower meadow. There were, however, a few areas that we are interested in and hopefully SGC will be willing to lease them to the group.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom October update

Posted on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 8:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke in Bloom volunteers at the rose garden on Brook Way.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

By the time our October workday arrived, I think we were on ‘Plan D’ or maybe even ‘E’, but a plan is still a plan! We returned to the rose garden on Brook Way (just north of the doctors’ surgery) and seven of us, including newbie Emma, spent a very productive day there. We cleared the paths, weeded the flower beds, trimmed back the overhanging greenery, removed two dead bushes, avoided the numerous wasp nests, planted wall flowers, and repaired and then covered the rose garden carpet with bark chippings. The carpet has done a great job of keeping down the weeds here, but it was beginning to look tatty, the mower chewing up sections of it just added to its dejected air, so we have been planning to cover it up for a while. Although a couple of gardening firms promised us some bark, it never arrived, nor could the local garden centre get enough delivered at such short notice, but the day (and over £300) was saved by a last minute offer of some free bark if we could collect it, which we did, by hand (well, wheelbarrow)! We also plan to repaint the benches here, but have been advised to wait until warmer weather but it will be done, unlike the nearby bench on the Patchway Common playing field which has been waiting 10 years for its graffiti to be painted over!

One of our Willow Brook Centre planters is looking very bare at the moment as the plants have yet again been attacked by vine weevil larvae, so we have had to remove them to try and treat the soil, but we have suggested to the Beavers and Rainbows that in the meantime they may like to make poppies to decorate it. Our herb garden here is in need of a good trim, so please do feel free to come and snip off any herbs that you may need. The kitchen garden has done very well this year and we’ve picked strawberries, sugar snap peas, onions, tomatoes and peppers from here. One passer-by asked if that really was rhubarb growing in a town square and was most surprised not only to be told “yes”, but for us to cut some off and give it to her to take home!

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom September update

Posted on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 10:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke in Bloom volunteers work on land in Palmers Leaze.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Our community herb garden has had a spruce up, as have our welcome planters. We had given up waiting for our planter at the Aztec Roundabout to be put back in place, so Andy and I did it ourselves, which was no mean feat. Even Andy wondered just how many rocks we have in the base! We’re not sure where the actual road sign has gone, but we’re sure it will come back at some point.

The carpet at our rose garden has been invaluable in keeping down the weeds, but we think it no longer looks as neat as it once did and had intended to cover it with bark chippings. We have now been let down twice by a gardening company, so we will source the chippings from someone else. Hopefully, we will soon return this area to its best.

The Common East

Sadly, the ink may only just be dry on the grant evaluation forms, but already we are seeing some of our hard work undone by a minority. Our expensive ‘tricolour’ butterfly bushes were sawn through, even though they were labelled and staked, the lavender bushes and caterpillar food plants were smothered by grass cuttings and two of the benches have been trashed.

On our behalf, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) has investigated the possibility of more lighting in this area, but were told by SGC that there is no money available for funding the installation of new street lights. They did suggest, however, that as it is a cycle route there could possibly be some cycling-related funding available.

I, personally, was loathe to spend BSTC’s money on more repairs until we went to retrieve the broken benches from the pond, where we spent a hugely enjoyable afternoon chatting to parents and school children. Their enthusiasm and interest reminded us why we volunteer and give up so much of our spare time to the group.

In between removing litter and some of the more invasive weeds, trimming back the damaged willow, catching goldfish, planting more pond plants and clearing the island, the children learned about sticklebacks, newts and ramshorn snails, while we learned that the real ducks are called Maurice and Millicent and that the plastic ones, now named Barry and Kate, weren’t keen on being fed bread! (My apologies for laughing when the mum told us her woeful tale of disdainful ducks and disappointed children).

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2016 Best Front Garden competition: The winners

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 10:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Prize winners and runners-up in the Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2016 Best Front Garden competition.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

We were bowled over by the number of lovely gardens that we saw while judging our annual Best Front Garden competition, including some that didn’t enter this year but have been persuaded to enter next year! As the number and standard of gardens increases each year so does the difficulty of choosing the best, but it gives us very great pleasure to finally be able to announce our 2016 winners!

The prizes were presented by town mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick at the Willow Brook Centre’s Bradley Stoke’s Got Music event on Saturday 27th August.

First prize was a trophy and a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a 3-course meal for two donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £30 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Second prize was an engraved glass trophy, a silver medal and a £20 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Third prize was an engraved glass trophy, a bronze medal and a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

All the runners-up also received a certificate and an engraved medal.

Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Cllr Hardwick for presenting the prizes!

More: Prize winners and runners-up. Photos of gardens »

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