Gardeners to go for gold after South West in Bloom success

Published on: 05 Oct 2013

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Keynsham’s keenest gardeners will be aiming for the top award next year after a successful result in this year’s South West in Bloom competition.

The efforts of community groups, schools, churches and residents across the town were rewarded with a Silver Gilt Award, one step up from last year’s Silver and just a step away from Gold.

From brightening up the High Street with planters and growing vegetables in the Memorial Park to creating wildlife-friendly flower patches and floral displays at the train station, there was a wide range of projects to impress the judges when they inspected Keynsham on July 16.

The hard work paid off and Keynsham in Bloom chair Denise James said the fact so many people from the town were involved was key. Keynsham in Bloom - D & D Carrington Photography

“We took on board the judges’ comments from last year and put together a much stronger entry this year and we are really, really pleased with the result.

“It’s not just about hanging baskets and flower borders now, but also environmental responsibility and community involvement. It really is down to the hard work and dedication that everybody put in.”

Denise also paid tribute to the volunteers, particularly local Scouts, who helped improve areas by litter-picking and painting fences and play equipment. Looking ahead to next year, the Keynsham in Bloom committee is now hoping to recruit more volunteers for next year’s contest. Anyone who is interested can contact Dawn Drury, deputy town clerk at the town council, on 0117 986 8683 or email

An awards evening was also held on September 24 for all of those who entered the Keynsham in Bloom competition. Winners included Liz Fox, who was named overall winner for 2013, and Mr W B Jackson, whose garden was named most inspiring. Keynsham in Bloom - D & D Carrington Photography

For slideshows from all of the entries and the awards evening, visit

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