Town celebrates South West In Bloom win

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 September 2012

Weston in Bloom volunteers, town council people and others with Britain in Bloom Gold Award.

Weston in Bloom volunteers, town council people and others with Britain in Bloom Gold Award.

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WESTON enjoyed a golden day of success as the town hosted the South West In Bloom awards.

At the regional awards ceremony, hosted at The Winter Gardens on September 20, the town’s Weston In Bloom team picked up its first gold award.

But the success did not stop there, as the town was handed the Michael McGahey Crystal Cup for being the best bloom group in the entire region for community involvement, while Weston In Bloom chairman Richard Knowles was given the Alf Crouch Memorial Award in recognition of his years of service.

Weston Town Council, which sponsors Weston In Bloom, will fly a special gold award flag at its headquarters at Grove House in Grove Park to celebrate the achievement.

Representatives from cities, towns and villages from across the South West descended on the Winter Gardens for the regional award, which is part of the nationwide Britain In Bloom competition.

Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “This is the first time ever that Weston has achieved the highest level award. I would like to give my thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work.”

Mr Knowles said: “We had a wonderful day at the awards ceremony. I haven’t got over it yet.

“I feel a bit guilty about my award because it doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to my team.”

The Gordon Ford trophy for best neighbourhood entry was handed to the volunteer-run chocolate garden in the Bournville estate, which was officially opened in January 2011.

Anne Riney, former chairman of the Bournville Area Residents’ Association, who worked on the original concept of the garden, said: “It seems that all the hard work that has been done by the volunteers has been rewarded.

“We are absolutely over the moon.”

Weston was not the only place in the area to celebrate at the awards ceremony.

Hutton has long been known for its fine floral displays and the village was named as the Cox Cup gold award winner for being the best large village in the South West.

Hutton In Bloom co-ordinator Jim Spence said: “We were very pleased when we won, it was a very good team effort.

“We are all very pleased and so is the village.”

Highbridge retained its silver gilt award, while Burnham’s Marine Cove was given an outstanding neighbourhood award.

Burrington was handed the Mary Mortimer Trophy.

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