Exmouth tour for South West in Bloom judges

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 July 2017

South West in Bloom judges joined by the Exmouth in Bloom committee and town mayor Brian Cole. Picture: Elaine Lewis

South West in Bloom judges joined by the Exmouth in Bloom committee and town mayor Brian Cole. Picture: Elaine Lewis

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Jon Wheatley and Denise James, of South West in Bloom, were taken on a three-hour tour of the town’s gardens and flower beds.

Devon Wildilife Trust's garden at the Hamilton Road allotments. Picture: Elaine LewisDevon Wildilife Trust's garden at the Hamilton Road allotments. Picture: Elaine Lewis

Judges of a regional gardening contest were given a guided a tour of Exmouth’s green spaces on a recent visit.

South West in Bloom officials were in town to assess its entry into the contest this year.

Flower bed at Manor Gardens, Exmouth. Picture: Elaine LewisFlower bed at Manor Gardens, Exmouth. Picture: Elaine Lewis

Last year, Exmouth won gold and was entered into the ‘champion of champions’ class for 2017.

Jon Wheatley and Denise James, from South West in Bloom, were joined by the Exmouth in Bloom committee, as well as mayor Councillor Brian Cole and town clerk Lisa Bowman on a tour of the town’s gardens and flower beds.

Hanging baskets in Marine Way, Exmouth. Picture: Elaine LewisHanging baskets in Marine Way, Exmouth. Picture: Elaine Lewis

Representatives from Exmouth Open Door and the Men’s Shed, as well as Jane Nicholls and Sharon Scott from East Devon District Council’s StreetScene team, were also in attendance.

A spokesperson for Exmouth in Bloom said: “The committee and volunteers have worked tirelessly for the last few months preparing Exmouth for judging by the South West in Bloom judges.

“Having won the cup in our class last year, we were entered into the champion of champions class this year and, in a effort to increase our chance of success, we have weeded streets, paths and highways, painted planters, bollards, benches, railings, walls and even shelters, as well as planting and tending to our many beautiful floral displays around the town. Our efforts to improve areas has encouraged others to improve their own properties.”

The day began with a presentation of Exmouth in Bloom’s year, which was followed by a three-hour tour of the town.

Flowers on Exmouth sea front. Picture: Elaine LewisFlowers on Exmouth sea front. Picture: Elaine Lewis

Roger Hamling, of Devon Wildlife Trust, took the judges on a tour of The Maer - highlighting the rare plants and flowers there. Judges were also taken to the trust’s garden, pond and hedgehog trail.

Children from Littleham Primary School, led by Graham Bell of Exmouth in Bloom, explained how they chose, sowed, grew and ate produce from their school garden.

Judges also saw trees in Phear Park and Marine Way, where they were also shown Exmouth in Bloom’s signature planting boats.

The Exmouth in Bloom spokesperson said members are looking forward to the results of the contest, to be announced in October.

Flower beds at Manor Gardens, Exmouth Picture: Elaine LewisFlower beds at Manor Gardens, Exmouth Picture: Elaine Lewis

Flower beds on Exmouth sea front Picture: Elaine LewisFlower beds on Exmouth sea front Picture: Elaine Lewis


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