Kingsbridge in South Devon is a lovely traditional market town that sits on the edge of a sea estuary surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside. That natural beauty inspired a small group of volunteers to enhance their town bringing floral colour to its very heart.
In 2007 those volunteers named themselves Kingsbridge in Bloom (KIB) and ever since then the team has grown from strength to strength. The team's dedication working all year round has won the admiration of the town's community and visitors alike. Making Kingsbridge a beautiful place to live and visit.
K.I.B. work in co-ordination with the"RHS Britain in Bloom" scheme. It has brought Kingsbridge success and national fame winning Britain in Bloom Gold medals and many other national accolades. Click here to take a look at the RHS Britain in Bloom website, particularly the home page video, to inspire you to join us!
Such praise just confirms how successful Kingsbridge in Bloom is and an inspiration to carry on and progress even further. This site will enlighten you to the activities and support Kingsbridge in Bloom embraces. Remember none of this would happen without those vital volunteers and hope the information within may encourage you to join our friendly group. Our activity brings inspiration, friendship, laughter and above all the admiration of the community that benefits from all that effort.
It has been a busy few weeks for the team looking after our wonderful Spring displays and preparing for our Summer planting for our regional and national Britain and Bloom entries.
2019 is a very special year for the town and Kingsbridge in Bloom will be celebrating 800 years since the town received a Royal Charter to hold a market.
In 1219 the surrounds of Kingsbridge were owned by Buckfast Abbey and the monks of Buckfast, famous for their bees, producing high quality honey, mead and cream were looking to sell their wares and to this day Kingsbridge remains a successful and buoyant market town.
The bloom team have always been dedicated to looking after our pollinators and in our early days contributed to purchasing a colony of Buckfast bees and equipment with the friends of the Kingsbridge Community Garden.
Our theme for this year's display's throughout will be to celebrate our fantastic wildlife and particularly our bee population here with suitable planting.
We are delighted that our local bees are thriving and continue produce lots of delicious honey.
The 800 year celebrations and our 'bloom' theme come together through our bees and in addition to our real ones, over one thousand have been knitted by the local community to add to our displays around Kingsbridge.
Businesses have also been busy with shop windows displaying a knitted swarm that is moving from shop to shop throughout 2019.
What a great community effort!
South West in Bloom Judging
Friday 5th July
National Champions of Champions Judging
Thursday 1st August