Abbots Bromley Best Kept Village

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We live in a beautiful village, with a fantastic community spirit, this is our opportunity to shout about it!

You can get involved

Anyone and everyone of all ages can be involved - village clubs and associations, schools, individuals and families.

There are many ways to be part of caring for the environment and showing pride in our village. All help is voluntary and everyone can give as much or as little time as they want. See the different ways to "join in" on this page.

How you can join in

Help at the 'Spring Clean'
Sunday 23rd April 9am-11am Meet at the Buttercross With other volunteers help to litter picking, weed removal from kerbsides, the sweeping up of leaf litter and debris and the removal of branches from paths and grassy areas. Enjoy bacon rolls, tea, coffee or squash afterwards. (If you can bring brushes and wear gloves)
Help at a 'Tidy Up'
Every Wednesday 630pm -730pm Starting 3rd May Meet at the Buttercross With other volunteers ensure that problem areas are kept clear of litter and are well maintained.
Adopt an area

If you can give a little more time, or are part of a village club, why not take care of a specific area during the summer, such as:

  • a village notice board;
  • a bus shelter
  • a play area
  • a car park
  • or the village green

See below on how to Contact Cllr Adela Appleby today if you would like to join in.

Here's what we can all do

Maintain a tidy front garden/front step: Sometimes work and family commitments and adverse weather conditions can stop us from getting out there and cutting the grass, weeding between the block-paving, hoeing the borders, pruning the shrubs and dead-heading the dandelions, but keeping the bits other people can see tidy will give an impression of caring and will help the judges recognise our pride in our community. Enter our 'best kept frontage' competition when it opens.

Look after your bit of the village

Keep the road edges and verges in front of the house tidy and litter free.

While Walking

When you go on a walk take a bag and pick up any litter that you see.

Clear up after your dog

Please use the dog-waste bags that have been provided by the Parish Council.

Become a sponsor

Make a donation to provide a flower tub or hanging basket; provide refreshments for our Spring Clean volunteers, or so we give a prize to reward villagers for their great efforts. We will be certain to promote your support on the website, face book page and notice boards.

Together, we can make Abbots Bromley an even more pleasant place to live and enhance our community spirit.

Together, we can make sure everyone knows what a great place Abbots Bromley is to live!

BKV contact

If you are interested in any of the above and would like more information please contact Cllr Adela Appleby by email at or visit the Abbots Bromley Best Kept Village Facebook page.

What is Best Kept Village?

The Best Kept Village (BKV) Competition is organised annually by the Community Council of Staffordshire. It aims to encourage community spirit throughout the year and to stimulate pride in villages. The competition is judged by independent volunteer judges who make unscheduled visits during the summer months and mark what they notice during these visits.


What is judged in Best Kept Village?

Judging normally takes place between the beginning of May June and July.

The judges will develop an overall impression of the community spirit of the residents as they walk around the village, but mark on the following features:

BKV Publicity and Awareness; Children’s Posters; Notice Boards; Local Information (including Recycling and Dog-fouling Awareness); Church/Chapel Surrounds; Communal Buildings; Public Houses; Bus Shelters, Seating Areas, Village Signs and Features; War Memorial; Large Public Open Spaces, Greens, Playing Fields, etc; Small Open Spaces; Private Gardens; Children’s Play Areas, Play Equipment and Safety Surfaces; Map; General Cleanliness and Community Effort (including Litter and Dog-fouling).

What is Abbots Bromley's record?

In 2016, we came second to Yoxall in the East Staffordshire District Large Village Category of the competition.

In 2015 we came 2nd. In 2014 we came 1st.