Residents make Bicton Street bloom

PUBLISHED: 06:30 01 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 August 2015

Bicton Street residents ensured their road looked blooming lovely for the South West in Bloom judges this week. Ref exe 4567-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Bicton Street residents ensured their road looked blooming lovely for the South West in Bloom judges this week. Ref exe 4567-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Bicton Street has been turned into a blaze of colour after neighbours joined forces to enter South West in Bloom.

Residents young and old planted hanging baskets and flower beds outside their homes, while people who had never picked up a trowel before - and who did not know their compost from their conifers - also got involved.

Bunting in the shape of butterflies and flowers was also hung from the houses to catch the judges’ eyes during their visit last week.

Now the neighbours have to wait to find out if they have done enough to scoop Bicton Street the ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ award.

Resident and gardening enthusiast Joy Williams, who came up with ‘Blooming Bicton Street’ with friend April Marjoram, said everyone worked as a team.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted how it has turned out – all sorts of people, including those who are new to gardening, have got involved.

“People who have only just moved into the street were helping out.”

Gardens were judged on community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

Judges also toured Exmouth for the town’s South West in Bloom entry.

The decision of the judges will be announced later this year.

● Exmouth in Bloom held a street collection in the Magnolia Centre on Saturday to raise funds and recruit new volunteers. Calendars for 2016 and branded note cards were sold and more than £250 was raised.

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