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‘In Bloom’ volunteers plant 120 young trees

Posted on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSiB volunteers prepare to plant out saplings at Brook Way Activity Centre.

By Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Photo of young trees planted by BSiB volunteers.

We don’t do what we do for the awards, the green Brownie points or even the free tea and biscuits, but because we believe this is our town and while we are here we want to do what we can to make her look her best. We don’t want to see graffiti or litter in the grass, we want to see artwork and daffodils poking their heads through. Which is why, even though it was definitely a thick sock kind of day, Saturday 18th January saw seven of us head out to plant over 120 trees.

Local resident Andrew North, who works for the company CGI, nominated us to the Carbon Footprint Company, who generously donated the trees to the group. They were a mix of rowan and bird cherry (both good for the birds) as well as crab apple, silver birch and pussy willow. Along with some other trees donated by the Woodland Trust, they have been used to:

  • Increase the new hedgeline around the former hard court area at Brook Way Community Centre;
  • Replace some lost rowan at the community orchard on the nature reserve (behind Bradley Stoke Community School); and
  • Create a very bird-friendly area around Trench Lane Roundabout.

So as well as a receiving a warm fuzzy feeling, we think we’ve also earned a few of those green Brownie points and maybe a chocolate biscuit or two!

More photos and how to contact BSiB »

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RHS Gold award for Bradley Stoke in Bloom

Posted on Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 6:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing an It's your Neighbourhood 'Gold' award certificate being presented to Sara Messenger.

By Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Earlier this year we were visited by the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS’s) judge Guy Rawlinson and his wife. We were delighted to be able to show them around the town and all our little patches, although not quite as delighted as we were to recently receive the following email:

“I have the certificate which was presented at the award ceremony yesterday for your entry in the It’s Your Neighbourhood competition. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the result.”

And indeed we weren’t, as we were awarded a Level 5 – Outstanding award. Small clue: There isn’t a level 6!

We were also able to deliver to local company Bodywise (UK), based in Eagles Wood, off Woodlands Lane, a Gold award certificate for their entry in the Business, Leisure & Tourism class. So the town of Bradley Stoke can now boast that it is a double Gold winner!

• Map of Bradley Stoke in Bloom’s work locations (under construction)

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More: Photo from the judging in September 2019 »

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom autumn 2019 update

Posted on Friday 4th October 2019 at 7:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of two decoy ducks on the pond at The Common East.

By Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Although we were delighted to welcome some newbies to our team (Kamil, Kelly, Suzanne, Stevie and Tom), as soon as they started we entered the holiday season and we all took some well earned time off. We haven’t been completely slacking off though, as in one week we managed to take part in a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) ‘working in water’ training day, run a volunteers’ day, present prizes for a decoy duck competition, be interviewed by the BBC and be judged by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

In between showers, we’ve also managed to replant our ‘Welcome to Bradley Stoke’ planters. We appreciate they are not as showy as Thornbury’s but we are a much smaller group. Neither do we have the luxury of having them watered by council staff, so we keep ours more low maintenance and sustainable. We did, though, have time to oil the ‘welcome’ and herb garden planters themselves and, before winter sets in, we hope to add another coat – if only we can find a dry spell long enough!

The Aztec triangle also took a long while to weed and dead head all the flowers that had gone over, but it looks so much better for it. We also managed to get in a few autumn flowering plants

At home, I sometimes feel we are the Mecca for all of the town’s slugs and snails who happily chomp their way though anything I buy, including the grasses and sunflowers that I had been given as a birthday gift. So, in an effort to save them, they have been planted at Aztec too (just please don’t tell my mother).

At The Common East pond, our decoy ducks were vandalised and although they were replaced (the new ones were ‘launched’ by Cllr Paul Hughes when he delivered our Bees’ Needs Award), we decided the new ones should have new names, so the Friends at Wheatfield School ran a small competition to choose them.

Connor won with ‘Daisy and Donald’ although Isabelle’s suggestion of ‘Suki and Rocket’ was a close second. We really hope that Connor and Isabelle enjoyed their small duck ‘thank you’s’ and that everyone appreciated their certificates.

More: Manor Farm Roundabout; RHS judging; Primrose Bridge »

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2019 Best Front Garden competition: The winners

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 9:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of mayor Cllr Tom Aditya with the winners of the large and small garden categories.

By Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

As our annual best front garden competition is now in its seventh year, I think we can justifiably claim it is now a firm fixture in our calendar. Each year we think you can’t do any better and then you do just that! But as each year increases and each garden grows, so does the difficulty in choosing an outright winner and again this year there was just a point between the top two scorers. So, after much conversation (and maybe a pint or two), we decided to again have joint overall winners.

Richard & Gill Love have, for the third time, scooped the top spot along with Maureen Hopkins & Evelyn Coates. Maureen is no stranger to the top spot though, as this is also her third time to win the shield!

In the absence of a town carnival this year, we are grateful to Almondsbury Garden Centre, not only for generously donating vouchers to every contestant, but for again allowing us to take over their café where the prizes were awarded by our mayor, Cllr Tom Aditya, and BSiB member Pepi Lateva.

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 one. The contestants not only brightened up their own homes but their home town too and for that we’re all very grateful, as it makes us feel we really are part of a lovely community. So we hope next year even more people enter into the community spirit and take part in our little competition.

Previously, we really enjoyed running a children’s tallest sunflower competition (last won by Sophie & James Dent) and, if there is enough interest, we hope next year to again have a children’s category – either another tallest sunflower or maybe ‘a garden in a pot’.

More: Full list of prize winners and runners-up »

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