South West in Bloom Judging Day

Here in Sherborne, the two South West in Bloom judges came to town yesterday to mark us for the regional competition.

South West in Bloom JudgingIt was a nice fine day, sunny but not too hot, and our job was to show them all that the town had to offer in the way of horticultural achievement, community involvement and our local environment and heritage.

We started off at the Castle Orangery where we gave them a brief presentation (pictured) and then we took them off on a round trip taking in all the sights including the Castle grounds, the Pageant Garden, the Abbey, Cheap Street and the Quarr Local Nature Reserve, amongst others.

We ended up at the Walled Garden Restaurant at Castle Gardens where we invited them to participate in our annual Growing for Gold awards ceremony. They were able to meet the prizewinners and share the delicious afternoon tea that Castle Gardens laid on.

We think they were quite impressed, but we’ll have to wait until September to know how we did.

Fingers and toes crossed until then!




A New Friend

One of Sherborne in Bloom’s army of Friends recently told us that she had a secret. When we asked her what it was, she took us around to her back garden and opened up her shed. Inside she had a box full of straw and inside that – guess what?


hedgehogShe had a tiny little baby hedgehog that she was rearing. It had been rescued as an orphan and she was looking after it until it was big enough to be set free and rejoin the wild.

The little creature was a female and our Friend had nick-named her ‘Precious’.

One day soon, Precious might well be rootling around in your back yard – don’t say you haven’t been¬†warned…

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Best Website

This website is honoured to have twice won the coveted Barry Cruse Trophy for 'Best Website' in the South West in Bloom.

We were awarded the trophy in 2010 and 2013.

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