Sunday, 20 October 2013

In Your Neighbourhood Awards

Thornbury in Bloom recently had an awards evening and to my surprise we got two awards.  There was a special award for Filnore Woods itself. 
Here I am receiving the cup and the certificate from the Mayor of Thornbury
And here I am receiving the second certificate on behalf of the Friends of Filnore Woods from Guy, who is not only Deputy Mayor and Chair of Thornbury in Bloom, but also a member of the Friends.   
As you can see we were awarded a Level 4 certificate.
The levels are 1. Establishing, 2. Improving, 3. Developing, 4. Thriving, 5. Outstanding.

So we are thriving but as yet not outstanding.
Following their very short tour of the site, the judges said:
‘Filnore Woods, although in its early days, has the potential to become a fantastic resource to provide habitats for wildlife and for learning – it will be interesting to see its development next year even though because of its location it may not become part of the tour. It was well covered in the presentation.’
Suggestions from the judges included:
  • planning for the costs and risks relating to the potential risk of council support being withdrawn
  • looking into the use of corporate volunteers
  • more community events and
  • finding a greener way than bonfires of disposing of arisings from pruning etc  

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