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festivalofflowerslogoAs 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!


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!

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.

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MiB-New-LogoA huge thank you to all the shops, businesses, hostelries, organisations and homes on the judging route who made a valiant effort for the the Britain in Bloom Judge on Thursday 29 July. We know there are many who regularly sweep their frontages and put out flowers all years around, which is absolutely wonderful, but we are also grateful to those who made a special effort for the day! After the year many of you have had, it was very much appreciated.
We now await the results of the town and the assessments for the Community Groups (in progress week commencing 2 August) to come out in October. We’ll let you know more nearer the time. Meanwhile, keep on making Marlborough look blooming lovely!

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20210729095446-001We welcomed RHS Judge Rod Pooley to Marlborough on Thursday, 29 July. 

He's pictured with Val Compton (missing her trademark dungarees!), Town Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Assistant Town Clerk Clare Harris and Grounds Manager Nigel Weatherly before they set out on a tour of the town, stopping for lunch at gold-winning The Lamb Inn.   Once the judging of the town and the Its Your Neighbourhood entries is complete, we start the long wait until October to find out the results...  A massive thank you to everyone who has helped out in this difficult year which has understandably resulted in a more low key affair.  We hope to be back next year bigger and better than ever.  If you'd like to get involved we'd love to hear from you!


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wye-house-garden-and-tree-001Thursday 29th July is the big day!
The judges are arriving at 10am and will be guided around a route, specifically chosen to take in the highlights of the town. Starting and finishing at the Town Hall, the route will zig zag down the High Street, meander through Priory Gardens, into and along Coopers Meadow, through The Parade, finishing up in Wye House Gardens before heading back to town.
If you live or work on the route and would like to ‘do your bit’, it really would help us enormously. You could simply weed and sweep up in front of your home, shop or business or even put out a colourful planter or hanging basket.
We will be planning some ‘tidy up the town’ days in the lead up to the competition, so, if you have a passion for the outdoors or just want to help us to make Marlborough look ‘blooming amazing’, please contact Clare Harris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01672 512487. Thank you.
You can view the judging route here

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SWIB-LogoMarlborough is on track for another ‘blooming marvellous’ entry into South West in Bloom 

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that this year’s South West in Bloom competition is going ahead

Marlborough Town Council is leading this year’s entry into the RHS South West in Bloom Competition, working with some of the town’s wonderful community groups, shops, pubs, businesses and local volunteers to ensure Marlborough is looking its best for the judges and our residents and visitors alike.  Plans are well underway to make 2021 the best possible entry for the town.   We are aiming high!

The judging date has yet to be confirmed, but it will take place on a weekday in July.  We are currently finalising the route and as soon as we have these two elements confirmed, we will let you all know.  More hands certainly make light work and so if everyone could help by doing ‘their bit’, which could be as simple as sweeping up in front of their home, shop or business, putting out a colourful planter or hanging a basket, it really does help enormously.

“We are delighted to be entering this year’s competition, having had a break away from it last year.  It is going to be a challenge as the timings are rather tight this year and judging day will come around very quickly, but we have a proactive, experienced team here at the Town Council and some willing and able volunteers, full of ideas and keen to keep Marlborough on the map.  We can most definitely do this!” 

- Nigel Weatherly, Grounds Manager for Marlborough Town Council

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.   We have some wonderful IYN’s already running here in town, but if you think you might want to get involved in this, please talk to Val Compton, one of our lovely volunteers, who, along with her neighbours, formed a group to make a community garden in Kennet Place.  Val is full of great ideas and infectious positivity and is on hand to offer guidance to anyone interested in getting involved this year. Val can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

So, if you have a passion for the outdoors, have ‘green fingers’ (although this is not a requirement!) or just want to help us to make Marlborough look ‘blooming amazing’ in 2021, please get in contact with Clare Harris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01672 512487.  

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