Community rallies round to save street flowers

August 03 2018
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THE vandals who overturned some of Downend's floral displays may have caused upset - but the community response to the attacks has more than made up for it.

Volunteers rushed to the aid of the Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom team on the morning after the flower tubs in the village centre were spoiled, and a crowdfunding page was set up that has raised more than £2,000.

Many people wanted to help - even some primary school children supported the appeal by holding  a cake sale.

Lottie Britton and Daisy Coyne, both eight, and Daisy's brother Oliver, 11, raised £55.

The vandalism incident has strengthened the resolve of Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council to install closed circuit TV cameras to help the police catch criminals.

Jackie Baker, chair of the In Bloom volunteers,  told Downend Voice: “We will certainly not give in to this behaviour and we thank the community for standing behind us. We are so grateful for all the wonderful support we have received. It shows how much people love and appreciate the flowers.”

Downend's high street is welcoming many visitors this summer as it is playing host to one of the sculptures in the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital.

The Downend statue of the famous Aardman hound is named Champion and has a cricket theme in honour of the legendary WG Grace, who was born in the village.  It can be found on Badminton Road outside Lloyds Bank, surrounded by flowers, of course.