When ‘InBloom’ was once again cancelled, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) suggested a small ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) project in the Borough. So, thanks to Downton Society supporters, residents, the PC, local groups, businesses and the school, we will have:

  • New tubs in the village planted and watered
  • Grasses planted in the cleared Co-op carpark and at the Esso garage
  • A planted boots display from the Primary school
  • Scouts - weeding in the Borough and creating a tub display
  • Eco friendly planting by the Green Group in the Memorial Gardens
  • Royal British Legion tubs displayed by the memorial bench
  • Floral hanging baskets on houses, shops and pubs

A Topiary Cuckoo, our ‘InBloom’ symbol, will fly in at the end of June!

The RHS assessment date is in July. It is not a competition, but we can expect observations on: community participation, gardening achievement and environmental responsibility.

The project is being sponsored by the Downton Society; and supported by the Parish Council, the Co-op, EG garages, The Print Effect, local groups and individual residents.

Thank you to everyone.

For further information contact: Robert Willcox on 01725 513717
(robert@oneclickhealth.co.uk) or Nikki Wilson (nrpfw@aol.com)

Message from Susan:
"We hope that you have enjoyed the lovely peep of daffodils in the tubs through the Borough and Moot Lane. We will be planting the tubs with summer flowers in the next few weeks, so the tubs will soon be full of colour again. As you may have noticed the weather has been wet and cool, so it has delayed the next show of flowers, but we promise it will be well worth waiting for".


JULY 2021


Covid restrictions meant that the RHS InBloom competition was cancelled again this year. Instead, Downton is entering a more focused presentation - called "It's Your Neighbourhood" (IYN).

We will concentrate on The Borough: planting new tubs on the Greens and old ones in the Memorial Gardens, multiplying hanging baskets, weeding and tidying, cleaning bridges and even installing a topiary cuckoo. The Primary School are working on a planted boot display and Eco hedge. Businesses will be engaged - the Co-Op car park refreshed - and the Scouts, Royal British Legion and Green Group will have planting projects. Residents are invited to participate. RHS assessors will view the results in July and will look for progress on planting, the environment, and, importantly, community involvement. Next year we hope the whole village can be involved.

This is a great chance to bring some light and colour to Downton after our dreary lockdown.

Hanging baskets can be made available from Baskets and Blooms at a good discount (£20 for basket and bracket) via Dr Robert Willcox, Leicester House, 72 The Borough, Downton, SP5 3LY (contact robert@oneclickhealth.co.uk 01725-513717 for further information).

Baskets will be:
  • Fully planted
  • Provided with brackets
  • For personal collection from the Stuckton site or delivered to your doorstep

If you'd like to order baskets, participate, or make a donation towards plants for The Borough please contact Robert - or any member of the Downton Society Committee

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Supported by our Community