Corsham gardeners setting a golden standard
Corsham's green-fingered gardeners have once again gone for gold, picking up their third top award in the annual South West in Bloom competition.
Their win was revealed at a ceremony in Truro on Thursday, where the town received a gold award in the Nellie Sargent Cup.
The competition judges came to Corsham on July 16, when they were guided round the town by Councillor Ruth Hopkinson.
She said: “We were extremely pleased to win gold for the third time. When the judges came we escorted them round the route and had people in place at most of the stop-offs, and I think they were really impressed with how many people had got involved.
“A lot of it came down to the community activity of all the people involved; they were particularly impressed by the willingness of the people to come out and talk to them.”
This year’s biggest addition to the town’s entry was the striking Dalek planter in the High Street, which was installed by the town council to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, which had scenes in the original series shot in the town.
Coun Hopkinson said: “The Dalek has been a great success, particularly with the kids, and the vast majority of people have thoroughly enjoyed it.
“Our groundskeeper, Ian Newman, designed it, and it’s a testament to his skills to produce such a work of art out of virtually nothing. It’s become a major feature in the town.”
As well as the town itself, Corsham Primary and St Patrick’s Primary schools picked up two awards recognising the work of the children.
Coun Hopkinson said: “You can see Corsham Primary School really went the whole hog; their Pound Pill site got nominated for best school in the region, so that was quite an accolade.”
The gold award will be officially presented at a ceremony at the Town Hall on October 10, but work has already started on next year’s entry.
To get involved, call Sharon Thomas at the town council on (01249) 702130.
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