Growing success for Falmouth at South West In Bloom Awards: PICTURES (From This is The West Country)
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Growing success for Falmouth at South West In Bloom Awards: PICTURES
6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Cornwall
Councils, schools and community groups in Falmouth have been celebrating their success in the recent South West In Bloom Awards and are hoping to repeat their achievements in the national competition this weekend.
The Royal Horticultural Society's regional awards ceremony was held at Truro Cathedral and Falmouth town was presented with the gold award in the Portman Cup and a host of schools and community groups won In Your Neighbourhood Awards.
Falmouth's mayor, Geoffrey Evans, attended the awards ceremony accompanied by representatives from Cormac, who look after the town's parks, gardens and open spaces; Falmouth Allotments Association and Jacqui Owen, who works with local schools.
The Portman Cup recognises excellence in horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation while the In Your Neighbourhood Awards recognise the work of volunteer led gardening projects/groups.
Falmouth scooped an unprecedented 12 neighbourhood awards, ten of which were rated as outstanding.
Mr Evans said afterwards: “Once again I am honoured to collect the accolades recognising the efforts of our community. The town council supports all these groups and works closely with our partner, Cormac, who gardeners are amongst the best.”
Viv Bidgood, of Cormac, said: “I am delighted with the result and it demonstrates the value of the partnership approach we have developed over recent years with Falmouth Town Council.
“Our gardening and grounds teams, together with the various 'friends of' and volunteer groups, work extremely hard throughout the year to keep all of the parks, gardens and amenity spaces throughout the town looking consistently excellent.
“This is no mean feat given the challenging financial climate, but really goes to show the commitment and passion of the team to ensuring we continue to deliver high standards. The gold award from RHS is a real accolade to be proud of and confirmation that Falmouth is one of the premier locations in the South West in terms of horticulture expertise and community involvement."
John Wheatley, chairman of South West in Bloom, said: “Falmouth consistently produces quality in its municipal sites and has been justly nominated to represent the South West at the national awards in 2013, I wish them well.”
Following the awards ceremony, Mr Evans spent the week visiting schools and presenting them with their In Your Neighbourhood Awards. Outstanding awards went to Falmouth and District Allotment Society, King Charles, St Mary's, Marlborough and St Francis Schools, Falmouth Mission to Seafarers, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Queen Mary Garden's schools' project and Kimberley Park. The Friends of Penmere Station and Falmouth Primary School were rated as thriving.
The national Britain in Bloom finals will be held in Cleethorpes on Saturday and will be attended by a delegation from Falmouth who are hoping to return home with yet more prizes.
Members of Marlborough School's gardening club with mayor, Geoffrey Evans.
Falmouth Primary School's head gardener, Kyle, ten, and his assistant, Glen, nine, are presented with their In Your Neighbourhood award by mayor, Geoffrey Evans.
Representatives from Falmouth Town Council, Cornwall Council and Cormac's parks and gardens team at Gyllyngdune Gardens.
Members of St Mary's School's gardening club with teaching assistant, Penny Barrett and teacher Sarah Shailes.
Volunteer Jacqui Owen is presented with flowers by Falmouth School's Chloe and Emma as thanks for all her work with the market garden enterprise.
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