South West in Bloom judging in Exmouth hailed a success
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2018
Exmouth's band of volunteer gardeners are hoping the town can retain its regional title after a successful judges' visit.
Assessors from South West in Bloom visited Exmouth on July 16 to judge the town’s entry in this year’s competition.
Exmouth in Bloom volunteers and district council Streetscene officers have been working ‘tirelessly’ to make sure the town’s flower beds were ready in time.
It is hoped that Exmouth can retain its gold award and also win the St Bridget’s Cup for the best large coastal town.
Gerry Bassett, chairman of Exmouth in Bloom said: “The judges were extremely impressed with Exmouth in Bloom and congratulated us all on our hard work and efforts and had thoroughly enjoyed judging us.”
The judges – Christine Fraser, from Exeter, and Derek Beer, from Shaftesbury – were treated to a special presentation at the Masonic hall, in St Andrews Road.
They were then accompanied by Gerry and Marion Drew from Exmouth in Bloom to Manor Gardens where they were greeted by town crier Roger Bourgein who hailed: ‘let the judging begin’.
Deputy mayor Bruce de Saram and town councillor Brian Cole as, well other Exmouth in Bloom committee members, volunteers and EDDC Streetscene officers, were also on hand to welcome the judges.
They spent three hours touring the town before breaking for lunch back at the Masonic hall where they were joined by more than 70 guests.
During the lunch the judges were invited to present an award to Friends of Exmouth in Bloom – a group which raises more than £2,000 a year for the charity.
In the afternoon they assessed 15 entries in South West in Bloom’s ‘it’s your neighbourhood’ competition.
Gerry Bassett also said judges hailed Exmouth in Bloom as ‘role models’ for other bloom groups.
She added: “Both judges were impressed by the large number of volunteers involved and also our close working relationship with Exmouth Town Council and EDDC Streetscene.”
She also thanked sponsors, supporters and Exmouth in Bloom’s friends group and said the judging marked the culmination of 12 months of hard work.
The results of this year’s competition will be announced at a special event being held in Yeovil in October.