21 April 2022
As part of the town’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations we’re inviting everyone to get involved in activities to festoon Marlborough with flowers during July 2022. How you choose to get involved is up to you: residents, businesses, pubs, community groups and schools are all invited. There are no rules: the only limit is your imagination and creativity and what you do may include, but not be limited to: Your front garden, a window box, a display in your window …Platinum Jubilee or royal theme optional!
Whatever you decide to do, please let us know: send us a photo, or ask us to come and take one. It would be perfect if your creation could be easily seen from the street so people can come and admire your work. If this is the case, for example a front garden, then let us know and we’ll create a walking trail map so that we can all take a stroll to admire each other’s efforts. If not, a photo for our online gallery will be great too. Remember that simple things like litter picking your street or cleaning windows will add to the overall effect.
We will create a lasting gallery of photos of your displays and creations and publish them on our website and social media. The Festival is just for fun, so no rules, judging or prizes.
We really hope you’ll join us to make Marlborough beautiful with flowers this year. Start planning and, more importantly, start planting!
MARLBOROUGH IN BLOOM
The Bloomers have taken the difficult decision to take a break. Like many of us, the members of the Marlborough in Bloom Committee struggled to keep things going during and after 2020 because of Covid-19, but it disbanded on a high with another Gold for the town. As a result the town’s 2021 entry into the South West in Bloom competition was led by the Town Council with gratefully received support from Val Compton (founder of the Waterfront Garden in Kennet Place) who worked with the Its Your Neighbourhood entrants last year. That doesn’t mean the Its Your Neighbourhood folks have hung up their gardening gloves: far from it! https://www.marlboroughinbloom.org.uk/iyn-projects-2021
We’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the people who have planted, weeded, painted, litter-picked and generally beautified our town over the years: Marlborough in Bloom has achieved so much since 2015, scooping Gold awards for the town and armfuls of silverware, certificates and individual awards for community gardens, conservation, business displays and, more importantly, making our town BEAUTIFUL for all of us and our visitors.
This may not be goodbye forever, but there will be no entry into the South West in Bloom competition this year. With some very heavy hints from Val, as part of our Platinum Jubilee celebrations and to fill the gap we have launched this Festival of Flowers for 2022 in its place. We’ve selected July because that is usually when the RHS judges have paid us a visit, and to keep the Jubilee celebrations going beyond the June bank holiday. We hope it will ensure that we can all continue to admire and be proud of Marlborough, in bloom.
Whether you do it for the Queen, yourself, your street or your community, we really hope you’ll join us.