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Council announces two ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ competitions

Posted on Monday 1st April 2013 at 11:38 am by SH (Editor)

Competitions being held for Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2013.

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.

Bradley Stoke in Bloom meeting on 16th April 2013.

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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Bradley Stoke aiming to win Britain in Bloom within five years

Posted on Monday 3rd December 2012 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Great Stoke Roundabout, Bradley Stoke.

Town Councillors keen to see Bradley Stoke enter the Britain in Bloom competition have set aside a budget £18,000 to drive the project forward.

The move follows the publication of a reader letter in The Journal in April 2011, in which a resident complained of the lack of flowers around Bradley Stoke and called on the community to get together to brighten the town up.

The Town Council has now responded by transferring £10,000 previously earmarked for ’roundabout enhancement’ to a new ‘Britain in Bloom’ budget and supplementing it with £8,000 transferred from the £10,000 previously reserved for ‘allotment provision’.

In a discussion on the matter at the September Full Council meeting, former Mayor Cllr Robert Jones  said:

“We have talked a lot about this in the past but have come up against a brick wall when we’ve asked South Gloucestershire Council to help.”

“Lots of other parish/town Councils have managed to do something. We should be looking to enter [the competition] and win our category within five years.”

Having assigned the budget, plans are now being made to get the project off the ground in the New Year. Last week’s meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee unanimously agreed to a suggestion from Cllr Jones that “an open public meeting be arranged for February 2013 to gauge support for the Britain in Bloom competition”.

Cllr Jones and Cllr Elaine Hardwick will take the lead roles in organising Bradley Stoke’s entry into the competition.

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[Forum] Bradley Stoke in Bloom

Posted on Friday 15th April 2011 at 6:50 am by Zee Malan (Forum)

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Dear Editor,

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.

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