Blooms take gold again in third year
11:28am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Latest News
DEVIZES and Roundway has maintained its high standards by winning a gold award in the South West in Bloom competition for the third year running.
The town was competing in the Portman Cup and the overall winner was Truro, the same as last year.
Other towns competing were Falmouth, which won gold, Calne, Keynsham and Tiverton that all won a silver gilt and Bodmin, which won silver.
Carole Berry of Devizes Town Council’s direct services committee said: “The towns we are competing against are all bigger than us and Truro is a big tourist town as well, so for us to get gold was brilliant.”
The South West judges were so impressed by Hillworth Park that they gave it a special award – the City of Bath trophy for its landscaping – while in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category, Drews Pond Wood again achieved an outstanding award.
The other neighbourhood projects were also praised.
These were: Cornerstones, Greenacres Garden and Observatory, Wansdyke Community School and Waiblingen Way Residents Association – judged as thriving; Downlands School and the woodland walk at Devizes Cemetery – judged as improving; and The Trinity Primary School, Devizes – judged as establishing.
Devizes and Roundway in Bloom Committee will receive the judges’ marks later this year but Mrs Berry said the verbal feedback received from the judges when they visited the town was extremely positive.
She said: “The judges were knocked out by Hillworth Park. In the town they were very impressed with the condition of the Greens and the Market Place as always, it is quite a jewel in our crown. Getting gold for the last three years is fantastic.
“We try to do something different each year to ensure our standard remains high and this year we instigated an open gardens event and that was a big part of our portfolio and we were commended on that.
“We have also got more community and business involvement this year.”
The only other Wiltshire town to win a gold award in South West in Bloom was Corsham, which won the Nellie Sargent Cup.
Local gardeners will find out how they fared in the Devizes in Bloom town competition as the presentations takes place tonight at the town hall at 7pm.