Keynsham In Bloom creates a buzz as town prepares for judges

July 08 2016
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June has been a particularly hectic month for Keynsham in Bloom and our partnering community volunteers, report chair Denise James.

With just days to go before judges tour the town’s floral displays and community projects, Keynsham in Bloom chair Denise James reports on a busy few weeks for volunteers, who have rolled up their sleeves to brighten up car parks and shopping areas and even had a go at flower arranging  

June has been a particularly hectic month for Keynsham in Bloom and our partnering community volunteers. 

Volunteers have been flat out, preparing our judging route, ensuring it’s up to Gold standard. We are pulling out all the stops this year, as we want to regain our Gold award for a second year running. 

Bloom volunteers, along with Keynsham Cubs and Scout Beavers, Community at 67 and St Keyna Green Team, have all joined forces on community projects around the town.  Keynsham Cubs and Scouts have replenished the raised planters in Ashton Way with a summer floral scheme.  The packs each took it in turn over four evenings to transform the planters.  Everyone mucked in and really enjoyed their hour of gardening fun.  At one point I started to wonder how many more Cubs you could fit in a planter!

The Jubilee Crown in the Memorial Park has been replanted, and this year we have chosen a red, white and blue colour theme to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

We have even had a go at flower arranging, a little out of our comfort zone. We much prefer to go down the community and guerrilla gardening route. St John’s Church approached us to ask if we would like to take part in their flower festival, and we thought we would give it a go.  There were some wonderful displays, and our chosen theme was “garden party”.  It reminded me a little of The Generation Game, where you were provided props and given a certain amount of time to put your display together, but it was great fun and we were pleased with our end result.    

A Keynsham In Bloom Community Group Facebook page has been set up and this has attracted new followers, as well as some corporate sponsors.  We would like to thank everyone who has liked our page and welcome new followers.  It’s a great way of keeping up to speed with what we are up to and we will endeavour to post regular updates. 

Well, as I said earlier it’s been a really busy couple of months, but well worth getting out there with our community volunteers and let’s hope the judges can see what we have achieved since their visit last year.  I for one would like to think we have grown and blossomed and residents, businesses and visitors to Keynsham are now beginning to really see what our Bloom campaign is all about.  We will now keep our fingers crossed for Friday, July 15, and no doubt will be telling you all about our judging adventure in the August issue.

Makeover creates a buzz in community

Queens Road, Keynsham was positively buzzing, when members of Community@67 and St Keyna Green Team recently came together as part of the Queens Road Makeover Project.

Community@67 have for a number of months been wanting to brighten up their local shopping precinct with troughs and floral planters.  Keynsham in Bloom Community Group stepped in to give them a helping hand and put together a funding request to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as part of the Greening Grey Britain Campaign.  Both Keynsham in Bloom and Community at 67 were thrilled to bits when they heard they had been chosen by the RHS to receive £500 towards the project.  The wooden planters now have pride of place along the shop fronts and many residents and shoppers stop to admire them. 

One resident and user of Community@67, Margaret Davies, was overwhelmed when she saw the planters and said: “In all my 57 years of Queens Road, we have never seen anything like this in our community, it is absolutely wonderful.”

The Greening Grey Britain campaign is all about health, wellbeing and happiness and this project has ticked all the boxes, this is what Bloom is all about – transforming communities. The planters have definitely made a difference to Queens Road as this has never happened before.

Chair of Community at 67 Martin Burton said: “We are really grateful to the Keynsham in Bloom group and the children from St Keyna School for their help with this project. It’s amazing the impact the three planters have had in brightening up our community.  Community@67 would also like to thank Curo and Keynsham Town Council for their support in this project.”