Bloom volunteers hope for fifth gold in succession

PUBLISHED: 14:33 25 July 2015

South West in Bloom judges Christine Fraser and Martin Abrahams were welome to Exmouth this week by the Exmouth in Bloom team and Mike Vine from the district council. Ref exe 4518-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

South West in Bloom judges Christine Fraser and Martin Abrahams were welome to Exmouth this week by the Exmouth in Bloom team and Mike Vine from the district council. Ref exe 4518-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth in Bloom volunteers are waiting with baited breath following a visit from South West in Bloom judges last week.

On Wednesday, the judges spent three hours looking at flower beds, displays and the cleanliness of the town.

Exmouth in Bloom has had an astonishing run of success over the last 20 years.

The town has won gold in the Best Large Coastal Town category every year since 2011, and most years since 2002.

In 2008, Exmouth was entered into the national competition and won the Best Large Seaside Town in Britain.

And last year the town was again presented a gold award.

This year’s competition is the first under the stewardship of new Exmouth in Bloom chairman Ann Wheeler.

She said: “I’m not exactly confident we will win gold, but I feel that the town looked as good, if not better, than last year.

“The judges looked at the town centre, Manor Gardens, Gun Cliff (Gunfield) Gardens, Marpool School, The Maer and Salterton Road.

“They don’t give much away, but they did remark that the town was very clean and tidy and free of weeds.”

With County Hall this year reducing grass cutting on road verges, Ann added: “The town hall did a bit more grass cutting this year and that helped.

“I want to thank StreetScene, volunteers and the town hall.

“It’s over with now, so we are just going to enjoy the flowers and the summer and wait until September!”

● The South West in Bloom results will be announced on September 24.


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