Exmouth tour for South West in Bloom judges
PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 July 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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