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  • July 13th - Judging Day is here!

    At 10 a.m. this morning Jon Wheatley, Chairman of South West in Bloom and Denise James, Secretary of South West in Bloom, senior judges from the South West in Bloom region start their tour of Marlborough's Britain in Bloom entry for 2017. This year Marlborough is up against some of the Premier League towns in the South West in the Champion of Champ...
  • Marlborough in Bloom 2107 Portfolio

    Hot off the press and with many thanks to Susan Wightman and the amazing Libanus Press - View the Portfolio for 2017 by clicking here.
  • St Mary's School Marlborough - Butterflies and Blooms Art Competition

    "Butterflies Are Important” - that is the message from this year’s Marlborough in Bloom who have been working with Butterfly Conservation in local schools and have organised an art competition on the theme for the students at Marlborough St. Mary’s Primary School. Marlborough News on Line published an article with examples of the entries. Click her...
  • Judgement Day - for the MiB Garden Competition

    MARLBOROUGH in BLOOM GARDEN COMPETITION Judging Day 21 June On the hottest June day for forty years, Sean and Kena Magee, Wiltshire County Organisers for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), visited Marlborough to judge the Marlborough in Bloom Garden Competition, accompanied by Jonathan Conning, Director of Henry George Estate Agents who have genero...
  • College pupils and the River Kennet

    For several years groups of Marlborough College boys have been working with Action for the River Kennet (ARK ) to improve and restore the banks of the River Kennet which flows through the College grounds. An example of the bank restorattion work is the installation of hazel faggots, retained by chestnut stakes which serves to prevent erosion and pr...
  • Family Art Competition Entries

    Pupils at Marlborough St Mary's Primary School have been very busy over half term creating their butterflies to enter the Family Art Competition. Sponsored by Carter Jonas, prizes will be awarded to the winners in both infants and junior schools and entries will be proudly displayed in our High Street windows to welcome the judges on 13 July, the M...
  • News from the Stonebridge Wild River Reserve

    Why not get up to date with latest news of Stonebridge by viewing their Spring Newsletter? Click Here
  • Chairman's Message - May 2017

    Marlborough in Bloom is off to a flying start in 2017 with a number of local events scheduled to support the community effort in the town ahead of judging Day on July 13th . This year we have the honour of entering in the Champion of Champions class, awarded only to winners in the previous year's competition. Our judge will be Jon Wheatley, Chair o...
  • May 2017 - VOTE FOR MARLBOROUGH IN BLOOM WITH YOUR WAITROSE GREEN TOKEN!

    Make a purchase in Waitrose and receive a green token for each transaction. Please use it to vote for Marlborough in Bloom. This year we have been entered in the Champion of Champions class and will be judged by the Chairman of South West in Bloom. This is a great honour so please put your token in our slot and help our volunteers transform parks a...
  • COMMUNITY ACTION DAYS - PLEASE JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY

    With Judging Day only a few weeks away in July we need to roll up our sleeves and tidy up the town. Involving the community will gain us valuable points in the competition. We have received outstanding support from local businesses, now MARLBOROUGH IN BLOOM NEEDS YOU! PLEASE JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY 3, 10,17, 24, 31 MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 JUNE 5, 12, 19...
  • Support Marlborough in Bloom with Tesco Bags of Help tokens!

    Please vote for Marlborough in Bloom with your Tesco Bags of Help tokens in the Marlborough store during May and June. Make a purchase in the store of any value and you'll receive one token. If you vote for Marlborough in Bloom you will help us to win a grant of up to £5000 which will make a huge difference to our 2017 campaign. This year we are en...
  • 2017 Marlborough in Bloom Garden Competition

    This year Marlborough in Bloom is holding a Garden Competition, sponsored by Henry George, with gardens being judged in four categories, Best Garden, Best Courtyard Garden, Best Commercial Display and Best Containers or Hanging Baskets. If you would like to enter your garden or floral display then please complete and return the Entry Form circulate...
  • Look out for the Bloomin' Crocuses!

    In November volunteers from Marlborough in Bloom and the Garden Association planted almost 5000 Crocus corms as part of the Rotary and RHS Purple4Polio campaign. Now we can see the fruit (or flowers) of their labour in several places around Marlborough including Priory Gardens,pictured below, the Waterfront garden, Salisbury road Roundabout and the...
  • RHS It's Your Neighbourhood Award Scheme

    For more information about the "Neighbourhood" scheme see the poster below and have a look at the "Projects" section of this website. Look at the News article "2016 Results" to see the excellent awards for last year's entries. The list of Marlborough's IYN entries for 2017 will be published soon.
  • 2017 SCHOOLS PAINTING COMPETITION

    Calling Marlborough's young artists! Britain in Bloom South West is holding a painting competion with the theme "My Favorite Season". There are three age groups - up to 6 years old, 7-11 years and 12 -16 years. The closing date for entries is Friday 21st July 2017. See the poster below for more details.
  • RHS and Rotary's 'Purple4Polio' initiative

    For over 30 years Rotary and its members worldwide have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The Royal Horticultural Society has joined forces with community gardening groups and Rotary clubs around the UK in promoting the 'Purple4Polio' campaign and have worked together to plant millions of Crocus tommasinianus to create...
  • Marlborough’s Citizen of the Year

    Many congratulations to our chairman Anne Crawley, who has become Marlborough’s Citizen of the Year for 2016. Anne has chaired the Marlborough in Bloom committee and worked tirelessly to encourage and promote the ‘greening’ of Marlborough, from which we have all reaped the benefits as our town has flowered over the past few summers.
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting 18th October 2016

    NOTICE THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Marlborough in Bloom 18 October 2016 7.30 PM Marlborough Town Hall AGENDA Apologies for Absence Minutes of the 2015 AGM Presentation of Annual Report - Chair Presentation of Annual Report - Treasurer Appointment of Independent Examiner Election of Officers Motions to be put to the AGM Presentation of Awards Publ...
  • 2016 Results

    MAIN COMPETITION SILVER GILT The South West Tourist Association Cup SPECIAL AWARDS Joint Winner of the London & Manchester Trophy for Environmental Initiative The Waterfront Garden in Kennet Place The Shaun Cregan Cup for the Best Floral Public House Display in the South West The Lamb IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AWARDS AREA LEVEL AWARD Marlborough Comm...
  • Judging Day for Marlborough's Communities

    Marlborough's communities have been working hard to showcase just how the town comes together to improve its neighbourhoods. Twelve local and very different areas entered the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood campaign, a non-competitive scheme where assessments are made on five different levels based on Community Participation, Environmental Responsibili...

Marlborough In Bloom

Marlborough-in-BloomThree years' ago a small group of volunteers, inspired by a love of their historic town and the beauty of the surrounding rolling downs, entered Marlborough in Bloom into the South West in Bloom competition. Since then the team has gone from strength to strength making Marlborough a beautiful place to live and work, encouraging wild-life by restoring and preserving the natural habitat of birds, bees, fish and fowl.

Marlborough has a number of parks in the town centre. The largest is Cooper's Meadow set on the south side of the River Kennet. It has a safe play area for young children, beautiful chestnut trees and willows, with an enclosed ancient water meadow as a centre piece which is part of a conservation grazing project. In summer, it is an idyllic spot for a picnic beside a swift flowing, clear, chalk stream with sheep grazing in the meadow beyond. If you are lucky, you may even spot a kingfisher or the rare water vole.

The theme for our campaign this year is bees. Honey bees are declining owing to the demise of wild-flower meadows and pesticide free forage on our farmlands. Bumblebees and solitary bees are discouraged by tidy gardens full of bedding plants and manicured lawns drenched with chemicals. Scientists have discovered that bees are most attracted by blue flowers and while this has influenced our choice to some extent, fragrance and structure are also important considerations because bees don't like double flowers.

This year our emphasis has been on perennial planting, herbs and vegetables. You will also see many wild flowers on display in our open spaces.

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