Marlborough in Bloom…. working to keep our town looking ‘blooming lovely’
Marlborough is, once again, entering the South West in Bloom (SWIB) competition (for the seventh time in fact!). Covid restrictions ‘put paid’ to the running of the competition in 2020, but we are back with a vengeance for 2021 and are aiming high!
South West in Bloom is one of eighteen regional/national competitions that makes up RHS Britain in Bloom, which is the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe. The aim of the community groups that take part each year is to improve and regenerate local environments and neighbourhoods. This can be through the imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects, and to sweep away the eyesores that blight our streets, such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.
The town’s entry is judged by SWIB judges, who visit the town on a specified weekday in July - the exact date will be known soon and announced so you can put it in your diary! A route for the judges is planned and timed in accordance with RHS rules and takes in some of the highlights of the town. Judges can, of course, visit the town at any time, wander through our streets, up the alleyways or drive around. Ideally the whole town will look neat, tidy and where possible gardens, containers, planters and baskets will be looking blooming lovely.
It’s Your Neighbourhood….
Running alongside the main competition are the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood entries (IYN’s). This is a part of the competition which enables volunteer led community gardening projects/groups who are focused on improving their local environment through community gardening to get involved. They can be working in their local street, estate where they live, a back alley they share with their neighbours, or just a shared outdoor space. Almost any outdoor site being looked after by the local community qualifies for this scheme. RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme and a group can be made up of any number of people. A judge will visit you and you will be awarded a rating and receive a certificate.
We are very lucky to have some very active local groups already involved in the IYN part of the competition. These groups work tirelessly to keep their areas looking amazing, not just for judging day, but all year round. Why don’t you visit one of our established IYN’s who are dotted all around town?
Stonebridge Wild River Reserve | The Plume of Feathers Garden | Cooper’s Meadow | The Community Orchard | Wye House Gardens | The Victorian Cemetery | St John’s Residents Community Garden | The Merchants House Garden | The Waterfront Garden at Kennet Place | St Peter’s Churchyard
We are very lucky to have a team of volunteers, who are always on hand to litter pick, weed, water, wash signs and street furniture and so much more! Lots of people freely give their time helping us keep Marlborough looking spic and span throughout the year, not just for that one day in July!
The Town Council also signs up to the well-known national campaigns, such as The Great British Spring Clean which are so very well supported in the town by residents, shops, businesses and the local schools. This is scheduled to take place this year between 28 May and 13 June 2021. Details will be shared on the Town Council’s website and Facebook page nearer the time.
Written by Clare Harris, Assistant Town Clerk, Marlborough Town Council