14th July 2022

South West in Bloom judges enjoyed their time in Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon Town Council has completed its South West in Bloom entry for 2022.

On Tuesday, 12 July, the Mayor Cllr Katie Vigar, Deputy Mayor Cllr Jennie Parker, Chair of Environment and Green Spaces Committee Cllr Alex Kay and Town Council officers met with the judges for this year’s competition.

During the course of the day, the judges were given taken on a walking tour through the town to view many of our projects, aspirations and achievements. The tour started at Bradford on Avon Cemetery which the Town Council took over in April. It continued to Kingston Wood, then through a rewilding project by some of the town’s residents, a visit to the gardens of The Hall, the previous home of Alex Moulton, then around our beautiful town centre.

Officers also showed judges the individual entries to the In Your Neighbourhood category of the competition: The Three Horseshoes pub, Secret Gardens, Wiltshire Heights Care Home and the Bradford on Avon Train Station volunteers.

Bradford on Avon Town Council wants to thank the community groups, businesses and residents who help make the town a beautiful place to live.

Mayor of Bradford on Avon, Cllr Katie Vigar, said: “Thank you to the many volunteers, businesses and individuals who have made Bradford bloom!

“We have an impressive array of environmental and horticultural projects here that engage the community in helping our town look the very best it can while also tackling the climate and ecological emergencies.

“The judges took a great deal of interest in everything we showed them. Now that the Town Council manages more of our green spaces, we are well placed to achieve even more in future.”

In last year’s competition, South West in Bloom judges said that Bradford on Avon was “an absolute gem of a town”.

Bradford on Avon as a whole achieved a gold medal for its SWiB entry last year, recognising the beauty of the town and the efforts of all the staff and volunteers who keep it so beautiful.

The Town Council also won the Preece Cup – the best of towns of our size. As a result of that win, we were promoted to the Champion of Champions category so our entry this year is much more challenging.