Stroud in Bloom

Well, spring has shown its hand for a few days of lovely warm sunshine and now is the time to be putting plans made during the winter months into action and hopefully the weather will improve.

Plants for this summer were ordered before Christmas so now it’s a case of waiting for them to be delivered, probably late May or early June before we can replenish all the tubs we have around the town in readiness for RHS judging day on 10 July.

We are also organising work parties to tidy the patients garden at Stroud Hospital and our volunteers are working in and around the town tidying our adopt a plots, previously neglected areas around the town which they plant with perennials to make them places which can be enjoyed by townsfolk and passers by.

Work is going on in the background with various other organisations to make Stroud and district an environmentally friendly place to be in, taking care of our wildlife, biodiversity, canal and rivers, history and recycling which combined have a huge impact on where we live, all of which is so important to us. In 2017 the judges were very impressed with the community involvement of Stroud in Bloom and we are hoping to carry this forward again with our 2018 entry.

We are currently circulating entry forms for the Stroud in Bloom shop window competition, the theme this year being ‘Garden Party’. Judging for this will take place during week commencing 2 July and the winner will be presented with a trophy and all entrants will receive a certificate.

We are in need of more volunteers, particularly to join our committee which meets once a month, and also the ‘hands on’ volunteers to help with weeding, planting, litter picking and other tasks which are all part of our Stroud in Bloom commitment to Stroud. 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. Thank you.

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