Sodbury in Bloom announces winners of tasty competition
HEALTHY homegrown herbs and vegetables outside Chipping Sodbury’s businesses and High Street homes have gone down a treat with the town’s In Bloom committee.
Honouring the Edible Britain theme of this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom competition, Sodbury in Bloom set shopkeepers and residents the challenge of growing something that was both good to look at and good to eat.
The incredible edible competition proved popular with bags of strawberries, lettuce and herbs appearing on doorsteps outside shops and houses up and down the main High Street.
Julia Bernau, secretary of Sodbury in Bloom, which won gold in the South West competition in 2012, said: "Britain in Bloom isn’t just about pretty hanging baskets brightening up gloomy streets, it’s about improving the environment, enhancing lives and bringing communities together through gardening.
"Sodbury in Bloom decided to go one better and really challenge businesses and residents in the High Street to enter the incredible edible competition. They were asked to plant up a bag of their choice with edibles - vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and leave it outside their door."
She added: "This proved to be quite challenging due to this year's weather but nevertheless people tried hard and achieved some remarkable results."
Cake shop Ice n'Easy and Gilly's bistro won joint first in the business category with Innovation, The Sodbury Florist, Future Brides and Bank Chambers named runners up. In the domestic category, first prize went to Candlemas Cottage on The Parade.
Chipping Sodbury has not been entered into the main Britain in Bloom competition this year, with the committee instead concentrating on plans for next year, but a number of community initiatives have been put forward. Judging took place in July and the results will be announced in September.
Added Julia: "Sodbury in Bloom would like to thank everyone who entered for their enthusiasm. "The support of the community, both businesses and residential, is so important as without it Sodbury in Bloom could not achieve such high standards every year."
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