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.
We are still not able to look after our town displays and only exercise once a day.
Never the less as we have been using more sustainable planting for the past few years means the town still puts on a good show without too much intervention.
Luckily while exercising there is nothing stopping people like Gill Matthews and Ruth Benton taking great spring pictures in and around town!
Here's a sample.....
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.
A key sponsor who appreciates all the effort KIB puts in, is
The Creeks End Inn on the square who always supports the team with refreshments after a hard day tending the towns flora. A big thank you goes to the manager Terry Harvey who always has a welcoming smile!
I am delighted to report that Kingsbridge in Bloom has, in the Queens Birthday Honours, been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, an MBE for the group.
We will be presented with the award later in the year by a Representative of the Queen and from 2nd June we will be able to use the official logo.
I must thank everyone who supports our hard working group for the exceptional commitment that you have all made over the past 13 years in keeping Kingsbridge so attractive.
Through your support we have completely transformed the feel of the town and made it a great destination for both shopping and tourism.
Looking at the wider picture, our recent national successes of gold at the very highest level in Britain in Bloom and our QAVS honour gives the team the incentive to build for the future.
I am proud of the fact that we have an enthusiastic team representing the whole community who bring their own planning, design and horticultural skills which are always much appreciated by our residents and visitors.
At the present time with Covid-19 restrictions, horticulture is a wonderful therapy.
We are also pleased that that this prestigious honour has been granted in the South West in Bloom region where we have some of the very best 'Bloom' villages, towns and cities in the UK.
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