Bloom bid goes national

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

IN the same week the district council declared cash spent on Exmouth's floral displays was money well-spent, the town's Britain in Bloom group has announced it is to represent the South West in the national competition. East Devon District Council this w

IN the same week the district council declared cash spent on Exmouth's floral displays was money well-spent, the town's Britain in Bloom group has announced it is to represent the South West in the national competition. East Devon District Council this week agreed to continue supporting local entries in the Britain in Bloom competition after councillors voted the benefits of the competition far outweighed the cost.EDDC members heard, if the council was to withdraw its support, an annual saving of £11,242 would be made.Exmouth in Bloom chairman Pat Graham praised the council's ongoing support. She said the floral displays played an important part in boosting tourism and the local economy.Mrs Graham said Exmouth in Bloom volunteers were already hard at work because the town had been picked to represent the region in the nationwide Britain in Bloom competition. "I am pleased East Devon has decided to continue supporting the Bloom groups. People come to the town just to look at the flowers," said Mrs Graham."We are pleased to be representing the South West in the national competition and we need everybody to get on board."The judges visit unannounced in April and the national judging takes place in August. We will be working hard to keep everything looking good."East Devon does extremely well in the competition. They've had lots of gold winners and cup winners - not just Exmouth."It brings a lot of money into the area."The unanimous vote to continue the floral funding was made following a report made by StreetScene.Members heard how the funding across East Devon gave a 'huge amount' back to the community in terms of local pride and increased visitors.Mrs Graham said the competition was a community event which involved local businesses contributing to the upkeep of the displays, attracted visitors to the town and boosted tourism and the local economy.She said committee members put in many hours of voluntary work to enhance the council displays.Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and East Budleigh all won gold awards last year, while Littleham was awarded bronze.

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