It's really important that everyone in Sodbury feels part of Sodbury in Bloom, so if you have ideas for what you'd like to see, please contact Julia Bernau at: or Pat Fryer on 01454 853736.
If you are interested in supporting Sodbury in Bloom, please click here to download and complete our registration form [.doc] and email it to Julia Bernau at: .
You can also visit us on www.facebook.com/SodburyInBloom.
The photographs on this page are kindly supplied by Rich McD Photography.
After taking a year off from the South West Bloom competition Sodbury in Bloom is entering again this year and hoping for another gold. Our colours for 2017 will be pinks and cream so if you are thinking hanging baskets please bear these in mind. The Ridings and Millennium Garden, the Community Orchard, Old Sodbury School and Waitrose will all be entered for It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards again.
In addition, we shall be running a pub competition for the best floral decorations and the ever popular ‘plant up a wellie’ competition returns so start thinking about what you can plant in your old pair.
Those of you who missed the heron in the boat by the car park will be pleased to hear that a new one has taken up residence and we hope he will stay there.
Sodbury in Bloom is also supporting the BLUE imitative which is concerned with biodiversity and for which Chipping Sodbury has been chosen as the pilot town. BLUE is encouraging everyone who can to think about leaving ten per cent of their garden to rewild and displaying a blue heart. You can get the hearts from Waitrose and if enough people participate we might be able to hold a competition to identify the best results. As usual any help will be welcome as we are going to be very busy so keep an eye on our facebook page for updates or meet us outside the Baptist church at 10am on the first Thursday of every month.
Sodbury Town Council have agreed the plan to create a Community Garden in the garden of their offices and planning permission from South Glos Council has now been received so the project can get started. This is great as it means there will be something to show the judges in July.
The first job will be the hard landscaping, which means putting down a path, building compost bins, putting down bases for a shed and a greenhouse and building raised beds.
To do all these things we need materials and bodies. If anyone knows any good, cheap and reliable suppliers please can they let me know. Also, we are looking for a greenhouse, preferably for free, which needs to be wooden, so please keep your eyes peeled in case anyone you know is getting rid of one and would like it to go to a good home.
Finally, this is a big project for us and if anyone feels like to volunteering to do a bit of project management Julia would be grateful for help.
Click here to download a plan for the garden [.pdf]
The Cotswold Hare Trail is a trail taking people round around Gloucestershire to spot beautifully decorated hares.
This year Chipping Sodbury is included in the trail and there will be four large hares at various places around the town.
In addition, the Chamber of Commerce has bought twenty small hares and Sodbury in Bloom will have one - this means we get to decorate it so it might just have a floral theme.
We hope you will be able to see it in the window of No. 61 (next to the Town Hall).
Those of you who were children back in the 50s and 60s will almost certainly remember a friend or somebody who suffered from polio, an incapacitating disease that resulted in walking disabilities, breathing problems and sometimes death.
In the UK this disease, which is caused by a virus, has been confined to the history books. Children are vaccinated against polio preventing them from developing the disease however many countries in the Third World were unable to afford to vaccinate leaving their children at risk of developing the disease.
Thirty years ago polio was widespread in 125 countries worldwide and The World Health Organisation, Rotary International and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly decided to make a concerted effort to eradicate polio for good. The programme has been a huge success and today polio occurs widely in just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The fight continues however and The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, Sodbury in Bloom and several local schools have joined forces to spread the word about the End Polio Now Campaign and to raise money for the project. Every penny raised is matched and doubled by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary President Ian Lowe commented, “End Polio Now has involved several hundred school children and with The Sodbury in Bloom team they have planted over 12,000 crocus bulbs. These will produce purple coloured flowers next spring in local school grounds and public spaces around Chipping Sodbury. The purple crocus is a symbol of the purple marker that is used on a child’s finger to confirm that they had been vaccinated against polio.”
As the bulbs are planted money is also being collected for the Campaign and readers wishing to make a donation to the End Polio Now fund should send a cheque made out to The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury to Mr Anthony Bourne, Treasurer, The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, 3 Meadow Mead, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2BQ. Please mark the envelope ‘End Polio Now’.
The photo, supplied by the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury shows Rotarians Barry Riley and Iain Dunnett with children at Acton Turville.
You can see some of the crocuses so generously supplied by Rotary in flower on Smarts Green roundabout and outside the Millennium Garden.
The winner of the 2016 Sodbury in Bloom pub competition, The Squire, won a well-deserved victory.
The outside of the pub and the garden combined to create a very colourful effect and overall there were signs of a high level of attention to detail and commitment to producing an excellent floral display.
The Royal Oak also won an award for their garden display. Although there is only space for a small courtyard at the rear of the pub the staff have made the very best of this limited space to make it as colourful and inviting as possible.
The Horseshoe received a special award for the quirkiest back garden where an awkward space has been developed exuberantly so that the overall effect is joyful and imaginative. Lots of different types of planters used to make the most of the space.
The George, The Beaufort Hunt, The Boot and The Bell all received commendations for their displays. All had hanging baskets or external floral displays and had made a real effort.
The high street is one of the major factors in Sodbury in Bloom's success in the annual South West in Bloom competition. It always wows the judges and the pubs have always played an important part in this. This year we thought it would be nice to start an annual competition to recognise that contribution.
Without the efforts of the pubs in the town who do so much with their gardens, hanging baskets and containers the high street would not look nearly as good.
The Sodbury in Bloom Clean Up Team meets several times a month throughout the year to carry out regular litter-picking in and around Chipping Sodbury.
If you have any time to spare you would be very welcome to join us whenever you can, as a one-off, once a month, or more regularly for what is basically a walk and a chat whilst making a big difference to the look of the town and the environment.
For more information telephone Naomi on 01454 314476.
The work to realign the stones and smooth out the ground on the Smarts Green Roundabout is now complete and it all looks super.
Thanks must go to contractors Jim and James Fannon for their hard work.
The stones are positioned at the points of the compass and this ambitious project to install a ring of stones reflects Chipping Sodbury's connection with quarrying.
Here's a selection of photos taken by Rich McD Photography:
The Sodbury in Bloom group are a small band of volunteers who are keen to welcome newcomers.
They meet 10am on the first Thursday of the month by the clock tower to garden around town.
They are also looking for people who might be willing to keep an eye on their local patch, cutting weeds back or planting bulbs as appropriate.
If you have green fingers and fancy enhancing your local patch, please get in touch.
The Duchess of Beaufort, a keen horticulturalist, has kindly agreed to be patron of Sodbury in Bloom.
The Duchess has published a book called Easy Gardening: Recipes for Successful Planting, and the committee is grateful for her support.
The Sodbury in Bloom logo, seen at the top of this page, was created by Sophie Press from St John's Mead Primary School as part of a competition.
Sodbury in Bloom is also supported by:
RHS Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest community gardening campaign, involving hundreds of thousands of people.
As part of RHS Britain in Bloom – and its sister campaign, RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood – volunteers in cities, towns, villages, urban communities and neighbourhoods work together to improve their local environment, using gardening as a tool.
The Sodbury In Bloom committee co-ordinates Chipping Sodbury's participation in Britain in Bloom.
Points are awarded for:
The long term benefit of the Project will be to make a lasting improvement to the community for everyone to enjoy, young and old, residents and visitors as well as for future generations.
To find out more, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities