Downton In Bloom – Cancelled for 2020

The Royal Horticultural Society have decided to cancel their nationwide In Bloom competition.

There was little alternative – one of the themes had been “Grow Social” to encourage community engagement - and the timing of restrictions as a result of Coronavirus remain very uncertain.

What a shame for communities and for Downton. After months of groundwork, we had many good things planned including :

The Moot was preparing to look its best for the judges; Open Gardens were planned; the Millennium Green and Green Groups, as well as schools, were engaged with projects – from planting up boots to making willow structures and – and some businesses were offering support.

All this planning and effort will not be wasted – as, with luck and willing volunteers, we will be well placed to enter the In Bloom competition next year.

What to do now?

There are now more important things for the community to think about – and, as you know, it is pulling together and adopting a good neighbour response. But all is not lost for hopes of brightening the village: We all need something to brighten us up in these difficult times – and nature, even a small garden plot, a tub by the front door or a hanging basket can give pleasure and be a source of well being.

And let’s look forward to entering In Bloom in 2021

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