Keynsham In Bloom volunteers 'up their game' to go for gold

Published on: 06 May 2014

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Volunteers will be “pulling out all the stops” to get Keynsham blooming as it competes against other South West towns this summer.

Preparations by the Keynsham in Bloom team are well under way to transform the town with floral displays to wow the judges when they visit in July.

And as Britain in Bloom celebrates its 50th year – its golden anniversary – Keynsham in Bloom chairman Denise James has her sights set firmly on the top prize.

She said: “We are pulling out all the stops for a golden year, we want to bring a gold award to Keynsham. We are upping our game with more businesses and community groups getting on board and we want to get Keynsham on the floral map.”

Formerly a town council-led initiative, the committee is now made up of residents and traders, with support and some funding from the council. With several businesses stepping forward to back the effort, the group is hoping to attract even more sponsors and to get volunteers across the community out planting and helping the town look its best.

Denise added: “It's not just about hanging baskets and flowerbeds, it's about environmental responsibility and community participation, really getting everybody on board as everyone can play a part. We have projects involving the Scouts, adults with learning difficulties through care provider Sirona, and the Time Out Taskforce.”

For the first time, the judging route will include a walk along a stretch of the High Street, where the group has won permission to place six floral planters. So far these are being sponsored by Timbercraft, Dribuild, Davies and Way and Councillor Charles Gerrish through the Ward Councillors’ Initiative Scheme, with more sponsors invited to get involved.

Traders are also being invited to brighten up shop fronts with hanging baskets or window displays, as are people living along the judging route which is being finalised but should include St Dunstan’s Church, the Memorial Park, Castle Primary School and more.

Elmtree Garden Contractors Ltd has designed the planting scheme for troughs and planters at Keynsham Railway Station. Severnside Community Rail Partnership has also agreed to supply a water butt at the station to harvest rain water for the plants.

Members of the In Bloom group will be attending the Explorer Scouts’ Plant Sale at Scout HQ Ashton Way on May 17 to talk to residents about the initiative and how they can get involved. There is still time for residents to enter their gardens in Keynsham in Bloom – with the theme Growing for Gold – and forms will be available.
Artists of all ages can also take part in the Britain in Bloom painting competition with the theme of Poppies to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

People can also get more information on Keynsham in Bloom by emailing Dawn Drury at deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk, going to the In Bloom web page at www.keynsham-tc.gov.uk or on 0117 986 8683.

Denise said: “In Bloom transforms communities in a number of ways, from fostering communities, building on civic pride, to making the local area greener, safer and cleaner environment for people who live, work and visit the area.  

“It can create beautiful spaces, improve the wider environment and most importantly be fun to take part in. We want to attract people who are passionate about transforming their local area and would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with our initiative.”

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