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Marlborough In Bloom

Marlborough-in-BloomThree years' ago a small group of volunteers, inspired by a love of their historic town and the beauty of the surrounding rolling downs, entered Marlborough in Bloom into the South West in Bloom competition. Since then the team has gone from strength to strength making Marlborough a beautiful place to live and work, encouraging wild-life by restoring and preserving the natural habitat of birds, bees, fish and fowl.

Marlborough has a number of parks in the town centre. The largest is Cooper's Meadow set on the south side of the River Kennet. It has a safe play area for young children, beautiful chestnut trees and willows, with an enclosed ancient water meadow as a centre piece which is part of a conservation grazing project. In summer, it is an idyllic spot for a picnic beside a swift flowing, clear, chalk stream with sheep grazing in the meadow beyond. If you are lucky, you may even spot a kingfisher or the rare water vole.

The theme for our campaign this year is bees. Honey bees are declining owing to the demise of wild-flower meadows and pesticide free forage on our farmlands. Bumblebees and solitary bees are discouraged by tidy gardens full of bedding plants and manicured lawns drenched with chemicals. Scientists have discovered that bees are most attracted by blue flowers and while this has influenced our choice to some extent, fragrance and structure are also important considerations because bees don't like double flowers.

This year our emphasis has been on perennial planting, herbs and vegetables. You will also see many wild flowers on display in our open spaces.




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  • BBC filming in Marlborough and a plea

    Anne Crawley writes: Marlborough has been chosen as one of the towns to be featured on next year's television series Britain in Bloom. You may have seen the television crews around town filming selected sites. They will visit three or four times over the next six weeks, leading up to Judging Day on Tuesday 10 July when the town will, we hope, be lo...
  • Report on the Victorian Cemetery

    A report by Mrs Margaret Rose for Tower and Town Magazine: The old Victorian Cemetery, which goes back to 1853, is on land donated by the Marquess of Ailesbury. It is widely considered to be an important and beautiful historical part of Marlborough Town and is referred to as a good example of a "garden cemetery" popular in the mid-19th C. The growt...
  • News April 2018

    WAITROSE VOLUNTEERS COME TO THE AID OF MARLBOROUGH IN BLOOM Having won Gold last year, with the return of something like Spring weather the Marlborough Bloomers are gearing up for another successful Judging Day on Tuesday 10th July. Steve Pascall, the new Chairman, has toured the High Street shops hoping to inspire them to fill the town with flower...
  • 2017 South West in Bloom Results - It's GOLD!!!

    MARLBOROUGH in BLOOM WINS GOLD! Following our elevation to the Champion of Champions class in the South West in Bloom Competition, Marlborough was awarded GOLD in the main competition by judge Jon Wheatley, Chairman of SouthWest in Bloom. Lord and Lady Fellowes, the Mayors of Torquay and Marlborough, Anne Crawley and Richard Beale at the Awards Cer...
  • July 13th - Judging Day is here!

    At 10 a.m. this morning Jon Wheatley, Chairman of South West in Bloom and Denise James, Secretary of South West in Bloom, senior judges from the South West in Bloom region start their tour of Marlborough's Britain in Bloom entry for 2017. This year Marlborough is up against some of the Premier League towns in the South West in the Champion of Champ...

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