Tewkesbury scoops Gold award

September 21, 2018
Tewkesbury's Town Mayor, Christine Danter travelled with committee members, Karen and Brian to Burton this week to find out if volunteers have worked hard enough this year to earn an award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.   
We are pleased to announce that our efforts have paid off, and we have retained our Gold medal for another successive year.

The National Final results will be announced on 19th October - watch this space! 



 

Victoria Gardens open day success

July 28, 2018
Friends of Victoria Gardens held another successful Open Day this year. The park was packed with young and old enjoying the sunshine.  Ice creams and cream teas were on offer and entertainment was provided by a local choir and the Gloucester Charter Band,  

 

Corporate Volunteers spruce up the town

July 28, 2018


We were very pleased to welcome employees from Kingsbridge Financial Services in June who helped to spruce up the town in readiness for judging.  Team members swapped computer keyboards for paint brushes and gave the town centre benches a new lick of paint as well as the bell shaped bollards located on the bridge at Healings Mill.


 

Half Term Flower Fun

June 1, 2018


We've worked in partnership with Jackie Dean of BlueBell Wood Florist and run our popular  Flower Fun workshops again this half term.  The children spent the morning  with Jackie making flower cones using their creativity & having fun while learning about flowers and design.  At the end of the free session the youngsters were able to take home their handy work and share the flowers with friends and family.    We really enjoy working with the next generation of gardeners and hope we may have inspired them to have a go at home or even be a future Tewkesbury in Bloom volunteer! 
 

Britain in Bloom on the TV

April 6, 2018
We've now officially heard that the BBC2 programmers have scheduled the In Bloom TV series for April.  Tune in on Monday 16 April at 6.30 pm to follow the story of 15 gardening groups across the UK as they get stuck in to amazing gardening projects from the challenge of entering the Britain in Bloom competition to rounding up enough volunteers to make positive changes in their own community, you will be able to follow their highs and lows.

The show runs every weekday evening for 3 weeks and Tewkesbury's own show is aired on Monday 30 April.

See if you can recognise anyone you know! 


Image shows the public enjoying the open day at Victoria Gardens
 

Local businesses save the railing planters

November 2, 2017



We feared that the self watering railing planters located along the riverside walk at Back of Avon would have to be taken down after a spate of vandalism this summer resulted in every display being damaged over a period of under two months.  Despite using the manufacturer’s recommended fixings and tightening the railings to reduce play, we have been unable  to prevent the planters from being a target for the vandals.

Sponsorship secretary Shelby Powell commented “Some members of the committee thought we might have to remove the railing planters, but a number of people commented that if we could add additional brackets to the bottom of each planter this could prevent the planters from being moved”.

The vast majority of the project is funded by individuals and local businesses through sponsorship monies and volunteers faced the difficulty of raising enough funds to pay for replacement parts damaged as a result of the vandalism as well as additional funding for the design and installation of additional brackets.

Two town centre businesses came forward and donated £150 towards replacement parts including the internal trays in which the plants are secured within the planter.  The donations came from Nickie Philipson-Stow of the Orange Pig and Jackie Dean of Bluebell Wood florist shop.

Local precision sheet metal fabricators, Precision Engineering Pieces, based at Ashchurch Business Centre came forward to design, manufacture and fit the additional brackets required to provide more security for the planters at no cost to the volunteers.

Senior programmer Nick Lyons who has worked for the company for over thirty years has been responsible for fitting the prototype brackets at the riverside location.  Volunteers at Tewkesbury in Bloom have been suitably impressed by the design and finish and have asked Nick to produce enough brackets for all eight planters.

Chris Grant general manager at PEP comments “Precision Engineering Pieces are only too happy to help the community and assist in deterring vandalism in our local beauty spot”.

The winter plants are currently being grown at Cornerways Ways nursery at Twyning, and will be installed inside the planters as soon as the work has been completed by the team at PEP. 

 

A National Invitation

October 29, 2017
As you will all know, in the summer we secured the "best in category" award for towns of our size throughout the whole of the Midlands in the Regional competition. One of the larger towns Oswestry was chosen to go through to the National In Bloom competition. Tewkesbury represented the Region in 2015 and had found this quite challenging: given our rather limited resources. However, the decision belatedly has just be made to invite us, one of the smaller towns to represent the Region. To be invited to do this twice in three years is a remarkable honour. 



The 2015 team 


John Badham Chair comments "Now that Cheltenham has withdrawn from the competition, we will be the only Gloucestershire representative. Bear in mind 2015 was the first occasion that the Town had competed in the Britain in Bloom competition. This now gives us a real chance of being judged the very best smaller blooming town in the whole UK. Imagine what such a prospect could mean for the town's profile - all immensely helpful to both the morale and economy of our little town. We have accepted this invitation with some trepidation. We learnt in 2015 that we needed more help and coordination to really achieve an exceptional result. This means that success will require all of us, including the various Councils, to work together- more businesses will need to put up hanging baskets, the whole town will need to be properly weeded and street furniture will need sprucing up. In short we will need to demonstrate to the national judges a real pride in our town. This cannot just be the task of a dozen largely older volunteers! Our new chairman Karen Brennan and the committee have taken up this challenge. We appeal to whole community to make sure that we achieve something that will make a real difference to this town's future. If you feel you can help please let us know",

 

Its a hat trick for Tewkesbury

September 17, 2017


It's a hat trick for Tewkesbury in the 2017 Heart of England in Bloom awards.  The town has been awarded a Gold Medal as well as 'Best in Category'  (Town) and one of our longer serving volunteers, Pete Aldridge has received a 'merit' award for his years of service to the In Bloom competition. 

The above image shows Karen, Rosemary, Marion, Dawn, Martin, Brian, Marilyn, John, Joanne, Kitty, Larry and Colin celebrating the town's success at Victoria Gardens.



Brian, John and Dawn pick up the town's awards at the Heart of England Awards Evening on 14 Sept at Warwick Castle

 

Judging Day success

July 27, 2017
After months of preparation and hard work, the Heart of England judges Roger Bache and David Pritchard visited us this week for a two hour tour.  We were assessed on our horticultural achievements which make up 50% of the award as well as environmental and community participation (both 25%).  The results of our efforts will not be known until September when we have been invited to an awards ceremony at Warwick Castle. 



This year we were also followed by a camera crew who are making a BBC2 fly on the wall documentary about gardening groups entering the Britain in Bloom competition, and the cameras have focused on the progress of our project from May to July. 

There were a number of highlights on the tour for the judges to enjoy including a performance by the Town Band and a helicopter ride giving a bird's eye view of Tewkesbury Nature Reserve and the Ham. 



This year's tour went like clockwork from a timing perspective, to having the right people in the right place and for our displays to be at their very best.  We are all looking forward to hearing details of our award.


 

Summer plants are now arriving

June 1, 2017


The town centre will shortly be transformed into a colourful display of flowers and medieval banners!  Between 4 and 11 June you will see the town full of volunteers working on re-planting the high street floral displays and erecting the medieval banners just in time for our summer visitors & tourists.