We have an attractive Village - with your help it could be more so.

A community consultation was held at the Memorial Hall on 15th June to determine whether there was enough support to enter Downton into the Royal Horticultural Society annual In Bloom competition. Over 40 people attended. Most were enthusiastic and, and having also obtained the support of the Parish Council, Downton Society members, the Horticultural Society, the Green Group, local Schools, some businesses and many other individual residents (from top to bottom ends of the village) we are ready to embark on a process which we hope will be realistic, sustainable, and enjoyable for all involved.

Downton will be registered for South West In Bloom 2020 , under the category of "large village". We know that the judges, who will visit Downton in June or July 2020, will be marking three categories of activity:

  • horticultural achievement;
  • environmental awareness;
  • community engagement.

  • More specific information will be given once we have competed the registration process later in the summer - but, we would not be surprised if there was to be a greater emphasis on green issues and climate change.

    A small group is considering the practicalities of various projects that have been suggested, developing a process and guidelines, and working out the best way to keep people informed and motivated over the next twelve months. Robert Willcox is co-ordinating the project, with Claire Freemantle and Nikki Wilson.

    We will be updating this web page very soon, but in the meantime, if you have any queries, or would like to offer comments or support, please contact any of the above at: