MORE than 30 businesses, schools, churches, care homes and other organisations across Trowbridge have been urged to get ‘festive and floral’ to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

They are being encouraged to design and plant out floral planters, hanging baskets and Jubilee-themed window displays as part of the celebration from May to September.

The organisers, Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce and Trowbridge in Bloom, say more participants are coming on board each day to take part in the floral celebration.

Chamber president Ben Pidgeon, of BeeTee’s Café; events and marketing manager Megan Witty, and Jennifer Polledri, the former chairman of Trowbridge in Bloom, who is organising the event, launched the celebration at the Shaw Trust’s Palmers Garden Centre last week.

Megan Witty said: “We are encouraging everyone to be floral and festive for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We have invited Trowbridge businesses, residents, community groups, schools, churches and care homes to get creative and display colourful planters, window boxes and floral creations in front of their properties or in their windows, from May to September, to bring a festive, floral outlook to Trowbridge Town centre and surrounding areas.

“We are encouraging Jubilee Bloom participants to use sustainable planting, choosing plants that require minimal watering, no plastics, chemicals or compost containing peat, and ideally using perennial plants that can be replanted afterwards.

“We are looking for imaginative use of fun, upcycled objects such as milk churns, packing crates and vintage objects, which can be picked from local charity and vintage shops, or perhaps recycled cans, tins and containers.

“The best local business displays will be featured on the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce website and social media.

“Running alongside the event, Trowbridge Town Council is organising a Jubilee in Bloom art competition for local schools and the winning designs will go on public display in the Trowbridge Town Hall gallery.

“We also have a life-size lion sculpture, used for the Lions of Bath sculpture trail in 2010, which will be decorated and go in and out of shops in the Fore Street area between May and September. Lions represent royalty so it would be nice if people can come and see him.”

If you wish to take part in the Trowbridge Jubilee in Bloom trail, email so that the Chamber of Commerce can help secure pavement positions for business planters.

Chamber of Commerce members recently showcased their products and services at the Celebrating Trowbridge event held at The Civic Centre on May 7.