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PRESS RELEASE - Sept 26th 2011

Cricklade - Champion of Champions Category Winners

David Tetlow, Chairman of Cricklade Town Council, was delighted and said: “Among other fantastic efforts throughout the UK, Cricklade has shown what can be achieved by a small town with a big community at its heart.  We have been proud to sit alongside some really big, impressive players in this competition.  Even prouder to have won which is a tremendous achievement for everyone in Cricklade as well as for Wiltshire and the South of England.   Plaudits should go to Cricklade Bloomers, the voluntary group tirelessly working to improve the town and others who turn out in all weathers to make sure everything looks the best it can.  It has all paid off – now we really are best of the best.   Congratulations to all other finalists too.”
Anita Barratt, Chair of Cricklade Bloomers, said: “Cricklade has achieved so much through the Britain in Bloom competition – it gives us a real focus on working together to make lasting improvements to the town. Now, to have this recognised and win the title of Champion is a real tribute to the efforts put in by local people all with a real passion for making the town a wonderful place to live in and to visit.”

Cllr David Tetlow, Chairman of Cricklade Town Council,
Anita Barratt, Chair of Cricklade Bloomers,

Press Contact: Shelley Parker, Town Clerk, Cricklade Town Council,

Royal Horticultural Society - Case Study on Cricklade 2011 Campaign


Next Tuesday, 2nd August, Cricklade steps up to the bar in Britain in Bloom’s highest competitive category – Champion of Champions.  In a total UK field of 5, this pretty, historical town is only one of two finalists in the whole of England chosen to compete for this national title.  Two RHS judges, Martyn Hird and Jeff Bates, will spend most of the morning touring the town taking note of the efforts made by the local community to bring the area to this outstanding level of achievement. See more on this.


Greening Up and Cleaning Up in Cricklade

Cricklade’s communities have been cleaning up and greening up to showcase just how the town comes together to improve its neighbourhoods.  Nine local and very different groups have been working hard towards 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.  The South West Region has the second highest rate of participation in the scheme. See more on this.

Worm Charming word document

Community Tree Planting word document

Cricklade Town Council

2011 - A Blooming Good Year for Cricklade

In 2010 Cricklade won the title of Best Small Town in the South West in the Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom competitions.  The town went on to very narrowly missing the accolade of being the Best Small Town in Britain.  Next year is promising even greater achievements from this town after an invitation arrived to enter the prestigious Champion of Champions competition. This category recognises consistently excellent entrants and their achievements at Gold standard level.  In fact, the small number of worthy entrants to represent the very best of the Bloom competition is chosen by RHS national judges.

Cricklade will be vying for the top accolade with towns and villages of all sizes all with one thing in common – the real community will to improve their local area.  The town is not only representing Wiltshire but also the whole of the South West.  The work is spearheaded by a group of volunteers, Cricklade Bloomers, who work with the Town Council and its groundsmen as well as with teams at Wiltshire Council to enhance this pretty town. 

Community-led projects include Fiddlers Allotments, a Community Garden, the Bank Garden behind the Town Council offices and a scheme to sponsor street signs.  Fundraising takes place all year round with Race Night

Gone are the days when the well known Royal Horticultural Society’s competition focussed entirely on attractive floral displays.  Today’s competition is more about communities coming together to make long term and sustainable improvements to the environment they live in.  Throughout the year volunteers of all ages are spotted planting, weeding, sweeping, pruning, watering, litter picking and recycling.  

It’s clear that success in these competitions has a knock on effect for residents – a pleasant area to be proud of bringing with it an increase in visitors to the town which in turn impacts on local business. The Town Council is fully committed to the In Bloom competition and has contributed grants year on year to Cricklade Bloomers with its Grounds Team working closely with the group.  Other sponsors such as the Hills Group also contribute through grants and Wiltshire Council has been fully supportive of the town’s efforts.  Fundraising plays a key part in keeping it all going and Crickladians are an innovative bunch - this year saw Britain in Bloom launched with a fund raising Worm Charming Competition!

Anita Barratt, Chair of Cricklade Bloomers and herself a recipient of a special RHS ‘Community Champion’ award said: “I am so proud that all the hard work put in by so many people in Cricklade has been deservedly recognised not only in the South West but on a national level too. 

Town Council Vice Chair, Cllr Gina Chapman said: “Another proud moment for Cricklade.  Congratulations especially to Cricklade Bloomers, our groundsmen and all those residents who work hard year round to make our town the winner it is.”


For more information please contact
Mrs Shelley Parker, Town Clerk, Cricklade Town Council, 113 High Street, Cricklade, SN6 6AE Telephone – 01793 751394  
E-mail – or
Information about Cricklade Bloomers can be found at


South West in Bloom 2009 results for Cricklade

Cricklade representatives attended the 2009 South West in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Yeovil on 17th September.

Cricklade Representatives at Yeovil Awards

Cricklade was delighted to receive the Top South West in Bloom award The Sponsors Cup the Blue Riband award for the most meritorious entry in this years competition.

Sponsors Cup Certificate

In addition Cricklade received a Gold Award and won the Ayre Cup (pop 2500-5499) for overall winner of the Small Town Category. The results for the Small Town Category were:

Radstock   Gold
Budleigh Salterton   Gold
St Just   Silver Gilt
Great Torrington    Silver Gilt
Highbridge   Silver Gilt
Dartmouth   Silver Gilt
Ottery St Mary   Silver

Cricklade entered 9 Neighbourhoods in the RHS Neighbourhood Award Scheme:

Parsonage Farm Close Outstanding Award
Abingdon Court Farm Outstanding Award
Cricklade Fire Station Merit
Friends of St Mary's Merit
Jenner Hall Merit
Cricklade Bloomers Bank Garden Merit
Cricklade Leisure Centre Merit
Gas Lane Residents Improvement
Thames Playgroup Improvement

For more information please contact Anita Barratt 01793 751403. More details on the competition are available on the South West in Bloom website

Article by Natural England's Robert Wolstenholme 'North Meadow National Nature Reserve wins the Royal Horticultural Society Award for Conservation and the Environment' Download word document

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