Stonehouse Town Council, Gloucestershire
A Gloucestershire town has twice won Gold awards in the Heart of England in Bloom competition as well as the best small town category, and its summer floral displays have been at the heart of its success.
Stonehouse, which describes itself as a gateway to the Cotswolds and the Stroud Valley, has been using Plantscape’s services since 2014 and its town leaders say the flowers have a very positive impact on the wellbeing of residents and visitors.
Both the town council and its In Bloom group have commissioned Plantscape to provide the displays, with the two organisations ordering more than a hundred baskets and planters between them this year. Stonehouse Town Council has also used Plantscape’s services during the festive season, with the town also enjoying its popular solar Christmas trees since 2016.
Debbie Curtis, town councillor and In Bloom committee member, said: “The flowers get many positive comments both in person and online. We are often approached by members of the public who go out of their way to say thank you and to comment on how much they appreciate the flowers when we are working around the town. We also have lots of schools, businesses, care homes and community groups taking part in Stonehouse in Bloom – it’s a real community effort.
“Last year a woman in Frampton-upon-Severn wrote to the Stroud News and Journal to say how much she enjoyed the flowers when she came into Stonehouse to do her shopping.”