Stroud in Bloom

Stroud in Bloom has marked a victorious return to the Heart of England in Bloom awards.

The town was awarded Gold for its efforts with special mention for Stratford Park and community involvement. Judges Mark Wiltshire and Jennifer Wharton said in their report: “Community pride was evident throughout the tour and one could not fail to be impressed by the enthusiasm of the volunteers.”

Stroud in Bloom took a year out from the awards in 2016 following the loss of some key committee members but this win shows that it is business as usual for the town and Doreen Frusher, Stroud in Bloom chair, is thrilled. “All of us at Stroud in Bloom are delighted with the Gold award given to us,” said Mrs Frusher. “It is the culmination of several months hard work involving our band of hard working, willing volunteers, the Town Council Green Spaces team, support from Stroud District Council, iverde (Stratford Park), the Museum in the Park and many more. “The judges visited Rosary Primary School, Southfields Care Home, Capel Mill as well as touring Stratford Park, the Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park, Summer Street allotments and walking around Stroud town itself. Stroud clearly made an impression!” Stroud Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “The Stroud in Bloom committee should be rightly proud of this award. They worked tirelessly to engage the community and do the town proud.”

We were delighted with this award; it was a great achievement resulting from the hard work of Stroud in Bloom committee, volunteers, Stroud Town Council Green Spaces Team, Stroud District Council and many others but to continue reaching this standard we need more volunteers. Unfortunately two longstanding committee members resigned this autumn due to personal reasons but this has left us with a very small number on the committee and we urgently need new members.

Being a committee member or a volunteer for Stroud in Bloom is not an onerous task!

We meet monthly, usually on a Tuesday evening and plan for the coming months. The busy time comes towards the end of June and into early July for a period of roughly 2-3 weeks on the run up to judging day when it’s a case of all hands on deck, planting, weeding and litter picking to present Stroud at its best. We generally hold two work parties very close to judging day doing final bits of weeding etc and on judging day we host a lunch for the judges, committee members and for representatives of organisations who we work with throughout the year and a volunteer representative, this being a social occasion to celebrate our efforts. In between times we hold work parties generally early in the spring to replant the Stroud in Bloom tubs situated around the town centre and in autumn we do it all over again! We also care for the patient’s garden at Stroud Hospital and have work parties there in spring and autumn. I hasten to add that work parties are also a social occasion where we meet with volunteers we may not have seen for a while and there is always news to catch up with! To find out more about becoming part of Stroud in Bloom contact Doreen Frusher on doreen.sib@gmail.com you will be very welcome.

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