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"Butterflies Are Important” - that is the message from this year’s Marlborough in Bloom who have been working with Butterfly Conservation in local schools and have organised an art competition on the theme for the students at Marlborough St. Mary’s Primary School.  Marlborough News on Line published an article with examples of the entries.  Click here to view.

Slade graduate, professional painter and Shalbourne resident, Victoria Jinivizian, judged the competition said “I have been very impressed with the high standard of work. The range of interpretation is very creative.  It has been very difficult to pick winners."

The first place prizes went to Eva Stansby's painting in the Key Stage One category, and to Parker Wilson in Key Stage Two category for his butterfly made out of pages from an atlas.

 Pupils with runner-up places or with judge's commendations were Poppy Deane, Harvey Hepworth, Macy Manning-Rooney, Will Palmer, Tom Baker, Megan McGrath, Ruby Waters, Phoebe Smith, Jack Baker, Charlie O’Shaughnessy, Archie Guarneri, Spenser Whiting and Eleanor Holford-Wright.

 Prizes were donated by The White Horse Bookshop and the art work will be on display in High Street shop windows from July 10 in time for the Britain in Bloom judging day on July 13.

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Judging Day 21 June

On the hottest June day for forty years, Sean and Kena Magee, Wiltshire County Organisers for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), visited Marlborough to judge the Marlborough in Bloom Garden Competition, accompanied by Jonathan Conning, Director of Henry George Estate Agents who have generously sponsored this event, and Anne Crawley, Chairman of Marlborough in Bloom.

The ten entries were remarkable for the very high standard of gardens to be found throughout the town. Highlights of the tour were The Lamb Inn and the Courtyard Garden in Militia Court.


The Lamb, 2016 winner of the South West in Bloom Best Pub Display in the South West, has a spectacular display of window boxes and mangers on the Parade frontage leading to a delightful courtyard ablaze with tubs and hanging baskets.

Militia Court is one of Marlborough's hidden treasures. At the end of a narrow alley at the west end of town is this immaculately presented courtyard garden.

Mel Jones' garden on the Green is an example of what can be achieved in a very short time. Since he moved into his rented flat in March, he has transformed his neglected, overgrown back patch into a delightful garden. This is work in progress, with a special award for Mel's hard work for the benefit of his neighbours – an ideal tenant.


The tour finished with a delicious afternoon tea at The Polly Tearooms, generously donated by owner Mrs Anne Clarke. Judge Sean Magee said, "We have been so delighted with the enthusiasm and care shown by the Marlborough gardeners we hope to come to the Merchant's Garden Open Gardens Day in 2018 with a view to including some more Marlborough gardens in the Wiltshire NGS".

Anne Crawley added, "We look forward to seeing them again in the MiB Garden Competition next year. I would like to thank all the gardeners for their hard work for this splendid contribution to the Marlborough in Bloom campaign."

Tha Garden Competition forms part of Marlborough in Bloom's entry into the Champion of Champions class in 2017. This will be judged on Thursday 13 July by the Chairman of South West in Bloom, Mr Jon Wheatley.

Our theme this year is Butterflies and shops are already planning their displays and the entries to the Children's Butterfly Art Competition at St Peter's and St Mary's primary schools will be in windows around the town to delight us all.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anne Crawley on 01672 512317 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For several years groups of Marlborough College boys have been working with Action for the River Kennet (ARK ) to improve and restore the banks of the River Kennet which flows through the College grounds.  An example of the bank restorattion work is the installation of hazel faggots, retained by chestnut stakes which serves to prevent erosion and provide a suitable environment for marginal plants to prosper.  This benefits the river by keeping the flow fast and clean and providing a variety of habitats for wildlife.





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Marlborough in Bloom is off to a flying start in 2017 with a number of local events scheduled to support the community effort in the town ahead of judging Day on July 13th .

This year we have the honour of entering in the Champion of Champions class, awarded only to winners in the previous year's competition. Our judge will be Jon Wheatley, Chair of South West in Bloom.

OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS BUTTERFLIES. To reflect this theme in this year's campaign we are working with Butterfly Conservation and local schools to help preserve these lovely creatures. Sadly, butterflies are far less common than they were 50 years ago. Since the 1940's, 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost. Seventy per cent of UK species have declined in occurrence since the 1970's.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of local estate agent Henry George we are kicking off with the Marlborough in Bloom Gardening Competition. Open to gardens in Marlborough created and maintained by the owners (tho' some part time help is acceptable) , there are 5 categories: Best Garden, Best Courtyard Garden, Best Commercial Display, Best Containers/Hanging Baskets and Best Newcomer. Cups will be awarded to the Overall Winner, Best Garden & Best Courtyard Garden with prizes and certificates for other entries.

To enter, complete the form online at or pick up an entry form at Henry George Estate Agents, 46 Kingsbury Street, Marlborough SN8 1JE. Deadline for entries is Friday 12 May, judging on 21 June and some of the winners will be incorporated in the Judging Route in July.

Following their huge success with last year's bees, the pupils of Marlborough St Mary's CE VC Primary School are invited to to take part in a Family Art Competition to create a butterfly out of any medium – painting, sculpture, collage or crochet (wool and patterns available from Fair Isle). The winners will have their work displayed around the town to delight and amuse us all.

Our portfolio which gives the judges an overview of our work throughout the year is crucial to our success. I am therefore very happy to report that Libanus Press, Marlborough's stunning fine art publisher, has agreed to produce our 2017 edition.

Finally we were thrilled to learn that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful. Customers can vote in the Tesco store on the Salisbury Road Business Park during May and June (we will be one of three projects); the project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive up to £5,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000 so please support us when you shop.

Waitrose has once again continued their support and customers can support us by posting their green token each time they shop. Last year this raised over £300 and we are very grateful for their


Community Action Days start in May. Please join us every Wednesday morning to tidy up the streets and garden the In Bloom tubs and boxes around the town. Meet at 10 am by the back entrance to Waitrose, armed with secateurs and gloves and help us to gain valuable points for community involvement.

This will be a challenging year for Marlborough in Bloom but I feel sure the townsfolk and businesses will rise to the occasion on Judging Day. We are going for gold in 2017, so let's make Marlborough blooming marvellous!"

Anne Crawley

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Make a purchase in Waitrose and receive a green token for each transaction.  Please use it to vote for Marlborough in Bloom.


This year we have been entered in the Champion of Champions class and will be judged by the Chairman  of South West in Bloom.

This is a great honour so please put your token in our slot and help our volunteers transform parks and open spaces, care for allotments,

work with children and groups with special needs and make Marlborough a greener, cleaner, safer place to live.

We're aiming for Gold but we need your help!

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With Judging Day only a few weeks away in July we need to roll up our sleeves and tidy up the town. Involving the community will gain us valuable points in the competition. We have received outstanding support from local businesses, now




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HiViz jackets and refreshments will be provided.

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This year Marlborough in Bloom is holding a Garden Competition, sponsored by Henry George, with gardens being judged in four categories, Best Garden, Best Courtyard Garden, Best Commercial Display and Best Containers or Hanging Baskets.

If you would like to enter your garden or floral display then please complete and return the Entry Form circulated by Henry George Estate Agents or download an entry form here.

Entries by Friday 12th May, Judging on 21st June and Results published on 30th June.

More details of judging criteria etc on the the Entry Form - click here.

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In November volunteers from Marlborough in Bloom and the Garden Association planted almost 5000 Crocus corms as part of the Rotary and RHS Purple4Polio campaign.

Now we can see the fruit (or flowers) of their labour in several places around Marlborough including Priory Gardens,pictured below, the Waterfront garden, Salisbury road Roundabout and the Green.

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For over 30 years Rotary and its members worldwide have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.
The Royal Horticultural Society has joined forces with community gardening groups and Rotary clubs around the UK in promoting the 'Purple4Polio' campaign and have worked together to plant millions of Crocus tommasinianus to create a spectacular carpet of purple in the spring. The Purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary's 'Purple4Polio' initiative, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

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Calling Marlborough's young artists!

Britain in Bloom South West is holding a painting competion with the theme "My Favorite Season".  There are three age groups - up to 6 years old, 7-11 years and 12 -16 years.  The closing date for entries is Friday 21st July 2017.  See the poster below for more details.


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For over 30 years Rotary and its members worldwide have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world.

The Royal Horticultural Society has joined forces with community gardening groups and Rotary clubs around the UK in promoting the 'Purple4Polio' campaign and have worked together to plant millions of Crocus tommasinianus to create a spectacular carpet of purple in the spring. The Purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary's 'Purple4Polio' initiative, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

So on cold wet days in mid-November,  volunteers representing Marlborough in Bloom, Rotary and the Marlborough Gardening Association have planted over 3,500 crocus bulbs in Manton and Marlborough to add a purple splash of colour and vibrancy to our town next spring.  Crocuses are being planted on The Green, Kennet Place Waterfront, Salisbury Road Roundabout and Priory Gardens.


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Many congratulations to our chairman Anne Crawley, who has become Marlborough’s Citizen of the Year for 2016.  Anne has chaired the Marlborough in Bloom committee and worked tirelessly to encourage and promote the ‘greening’ of Marlborough, from which we have all reaped the benefits as our town has flowered over the past few summers.

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The South West Tourist Association Cup



Joint Winner of the London & Manchester Trophy for Environmental Initiative

The Waterfront Garden in Kennet Place


The Shaun Cregan Cup

for the Best Floral Public House Display in the South West

The Lamb


Marlborough Community Orchard 5 OUTSTANDING
Stonebridge Wild River Reserve & Stonebridge Meadow 5 OUTSTANDING
The Waterfront Garden in Kennet Place 5 OUTSTANDING
The Merchant's House Garden 5 OUTSTANDING
Coopers Meadow 4 THRIVING
Manton Village 4 THRIVING
River Park 3 ADVANCING
Old Hughenden Yard 3 ADVANCING
St Peter's Church Garden 3 ADVANCING
Stonebridge Allotments 3 ADVANCING
Plume of Feather's Garden 3 ADVANCING
Hillier's Yard 1 ADVANCING





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Photo-for-websiteMarlborough's communities have been working hard to showcase just how the town comes together to improve its neighbourhoods. Twelve local and very different areas entered the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood campaign, a non-competitive scheme where assessments are made on five different levels based on Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement.

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