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Twyford in Bloom, 2016

TVP has decided to enter Twyford into this year’s Chiltern and Thames in Bloom competition. We hope, our bid to be crowned best 'small town' will bring together local residents, groups, businesses and local councils and make a real difference to our living, working and natural environment. Judging will take place in July 2016 and the winners in each category may be offered the opportunity to take part in the National (UK) Finals of Britain in Bloom in 2017. So, how can you get involved?

Decorate your street with a 'royal' hanging basket

In honour of HM the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, we're offering individuals or groups of neighbours the chance to order hanging baskets planted with red, white and blue flowers to be hung on lamp posts. Each basket costs £85 including bracket, fitting, maintenance and watering. Deadline for ordering your basket is Tuesday 31 May. Please contact us for details.

Enter Sheeplands' Front Garden competition

If you've got green fingers, why not enter Hare Hatch Sheeplands' Front Garden competition? The competition winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend at Sheeplands, with the second and third placed entrants receiving a voucher for £75 and £50 respectively. Plus, there are more prizes available for specially commended gardens. Entrants must have an RG10 postcode and the display must be all their own work, with no assistance from professional landscapers or gardeners. Closing date for entries is 1 June, and judging will begin on 15 June.
Visit Hare Hatch Sheeplands' website for further details.

Get your allotment in tip-top shape

The Chiltern and Thames in Bloom judges will also be looking at the allotments off London Road. Current allotment holders can play their part by getting their plot in tip top shape. There are a few allotments currently vacant both here and off Hurst Road. Anyone interested should contact the Clerk to Twyford Parish Council, Lucy Moffatt on 0118 934 5444.

Become a member of the TRHA!

If you're looking for top tips on how to improve your garden, why not join the Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association (TRHA)? The group is now in its 61st year and is affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, the Vegetable Society, the Daffodil Society, the Sweet Pea Society, the Chrysanthemum Society, and the Dahlia Society! Members receive a regular newsletter, invitations to shows and a 10% discount on horticultural purchases at some of the local garden centres. Plus, they are entitled to shop at the TRHA trading store on Loddon Hall Road which sells fertilisers, seeds, bulbs, horticultural equipment and gardening sundries at very favourable prices. Annual membership is £6 per family or £5 for senior citizens.

Become a friend of the Loddon Nature Reserve

The Loddon Nature Reserve in Twyford is managed by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust with the volunteer group The Friends of the Loddon Nature Reserve. This area, just off the High Street, is a great example of local conservation and biodiversity. We showed it off through the family-friendly Twyford Wildlife Safari over the Bank Holiday weekend at the beginning of May, when parents and children alike had a great day out hunting around the lake for flowers, animals and insects. The volunteer group has been busy building a new outdoor education area within the reserve, which we look forward to opening soon. This will include a bird screen, a seating area and a ‘bug hotel’. If you would like to get involved, visit the Friends of the Loddon Nature Reserve Facebook page.