Gold again for Exmouth in South West in Bloom
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 October 2015
Exmouth has maintained its status as a great place to see flowers, after receiving another gold award from South West in Bloom.
The results of the competition judging saw Exmouth in Bloom again winning the gold it has secured every year since 2011 - and most years since 2002.
Exmouth in Bloom chairman Ann Wheeler said: “It’s hard to achieve in the first place, but just as hard to keep it. It’s something we’re very pleased to do.
“It’s very exciting, and also a relief, because this is the first year I have been chairman and, if we’d gone down a level, I would probably have taken it personally, so it’s lovely to maintain the gold standard, because you can’t get any higher than that.
“It’s not just Exmouth in Bloom, because we showed the judges Exmouth. We are grateful to the East Devon District Council Streetscene team, and the town council with the grass cutting in the nick of time. Exmouth looked clean and tidy and the judges were impressed.
“We scored quite highly on community involvement as we do invite lots of members of the community to help us.
“We have a team of volunteers who help in lots of different ways. We’ve got people doing all sorts of things and are involved with other groups.
“We’re very keen to work with young people because we are getting old now and we need to encourage some younger gardeners.”
The South West in Bloom awards ceremony in Dartmouth also saw Exmouth in Bloom president Pat Graham receiving a bouquet in recognition of her MBE, and Linda Dennis won the South West Tourism Salver for the best portfolio.
Exmouth gardeners also received praise in the separate It’s Your Neighbourhood category, with Camperdown Terrace, The Hollows, and Rolle College Corner classed as ‘developing’ and Blooming Bicton Street, ‘Big Beds’ @ Brixington Parade, and Littlemead Lane described as ‘thriving’.