South Hams gardens are coming up roses!
South Hams gardeners have stolen the show at this year’s Britain in Bloom competition by winning an unprecedented two gold cups.
South Hams did the double with both Dartmouth and Kingsbridge coming overall first in each of their groups in the 2012 RHS South West in Bloom regional finals.
It is now a hat trick for Kingsbridge after winning three gold cups in three years. Dartmouth is also on a winning streak after getting individual gold last year and now the coveted group trophy.
Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: ”This is a fantastic achievement.
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"I congratulate the dedicated army of volunteers and District Council staff in both Dartmouth and Kingsbridge.
"To achieve such success in the face of fierce competition from across the South West is testament to the hard-work of all those involved.”
Despite the name, Britain in Bloom is not just about flowers. There is strong emphasis on community involvement, partnership working, volunteering, sustainability, recycling and education.
Towns are divided into categories so those of similar population compete against each other.
Dartmouth beat rivals such as Budleigh Salterton and St Just in Cornwall to win the Ayre Cup. Kingsbridge prevailed against tough competition from towns like Chipping Sodbury and Seaton to clinch the South West Travel Association Cup.
South Hams District Council gardens maintenance and street cleansing teams helped support the work of the ‘in bloom’ volunteers by making sure both towns were spick and span for the judging in July.
Rob Harkness, the Council’s green spaces operations manager, said:”I would like to thank the staff for going the extra mile. All those early mornings really paid off! It’s a great example of what can be achieved when communities work together.”
Both Dartmouth and Kingsbridge will once again be able to fly gold flags signalling their wins.
Cllr Hilary Bastone, Member for Dartmouth and Kingswear, said:”Congratulations to all of you. The awards are well deserved. Britain in Bloom is all about taking pride in our local communities and I think we can certainly say that we do just that here in the South Hams.”
Success in the regional competition could now mean that both Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are entered into the national final of Britain in Bloom. The results are announced on October 6, 2012.