Bloom glory for a 'little village'

PUBLISHED: 13:25 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4: EAST Budleigh has won silver and gold for its 2008 floral displays. The village has had a busy summer making sure its blooms have been in tip-top condition for when the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges scrutinised the displays. It seems East Budle

EAST Budleigh has won silver and gold for its 2008 floral displays.The village has had a busy summer making sure its blooms have been in tip-top condition for when the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges scrutinised the displays.It seems East Budleigh in Bloom's efforts and hard work has not gone unnoticed in both the regional and national competition. At the start of the summer the village scooped gold in the South West in Bloom competition - and last week it was presented with the silver gilt certificate at the Britain in Bloom national competition awards held in Chester.East Budleigh in Bloom secretary Beryl Maynard was personally awarded a community champion award for her dedication to the cause.Youngsters from Drake's Primary School had their green-fingered efforts recognised when bloom judges nominated the school for a young people award and local roots award.And they were awarded the highest level of 'outstanding achievement' when the pupils won a Britain in Bloom neighbourhood award.Mrs Maynard said the bloom committee was delighted with all the results. She said next year the village would only be eligible for the regional competition."To have East Budleigh mentioned four times at the nationals - I think that's very good for a little village from Devon," she said."People don't realise that even though we have got gold in our region, you have to be invited by the RHS to go into the national competition. Not everybody that gets gold is invited to go in."They don't invite the same people the next year. They share it around. I think it's a good policy because it shares the responsibility, the work and the glory."Drake's Primary School pupils' work - creating a Devon hedge around the village hall, their project charting the history of Sir Walter Raleigh and their work tending the school's allotment plot - meant they were one of a prestigious handful of groups of youngsters nominated nationally.Drake's School headteacher Carron Saunders said working closely with the village in-bloom group gave pupils the opportunity to shine at a hands-on activity.w

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