South West in Bloom Awards

Today we attended the South West in Bloom Regional Awards ceremony at the Trowbridge Civic Centre. Over 400 delegates from villages, towns and cities in the south west attended and a very convivial day was had by all.

SWIB Presentation

Trowbridge Civic Centre

Sherborne in Bloom won a Silver Gilt award against some very stiff competition. Our main competitors, who won gold, included Hayle and Midsomer Norton, to whom we proffer our sincere congratulations. The full results can be seen here.

We were also pleased to win Silver Gilts for the Pageant Garden and the Westbridge Allotment site, which were judged separately from the main town.

We also won some Its Your Neighbourhood Awards, details of which are posted here.

We received some very useful feedback from the judges which we will study and ponder and hopefully put into practice for next year.

Altogether a very satisfactory result – thanks to Sherborne’s redoubtable army of Bloomers! We are very grateful to you all.


English Country Wildlife

We see a lot of pictures and articles in books and magazines about the rare species to be found in the English countryside. But we sometimes forget how very beautiful the common-or-garden creatures are, particularly the small ones that we barely notice. Here are a few that were photographed at the Quarr Local Nature Reserve a few days ago:

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Brown lipped snail

Brown lipped snail


Hoverfly on a dandelion

…and there’s plenty more where these came from!

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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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