Blooming good results for Bracknell and Wokingham
Published: 27 Sep 2013 09:000 comments
It was awarded the gongs as part of the Thames and Chilterns regional competition of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign.
Further success at last Wednesday’s presentation evening in Reading arrived when South Hill Park was named the Best Local Authority Park, while Sandy Lane Primary School, in Bracknell, received a Highly Commended Award in the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Cup.
Allan Moffat, chairman of the Bracknell In Bloom committee, said: “We are delighted to win a fourth Gold Award.
“I’d like to thank all those involved with Bracknell in Bloom including local residents, schools, businesses and community volunteers.
“I’d also like to thank the landscaping and parks teams from Bracknell Town Council, Bracknell Forest Homes and Bracknell Forest Council and Ringway, Bracknell’s street cleansing contactor.
“All these groups have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure Bracknell is kept attractive, clean, and neatly groomed for everyone’s enjoyment.”
Thames and Chilterns In Bloom judges visited the town in July and were taken on a three-hour tour to see Bracknell’s horticultural highlights, including Arlington Square business park and Anneforde Place allotments.
They also met community groups and sponsors during lunch at South Hill Park – and were impressed with the increasing number of
Seven community groups received regional awards in the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign. The groups have been involved in community gardening, allotment projects, or environmental projects focusing on cleaning and greening up the local area.
Two standout performances came from Great Hollands, where The Eva Jones Memorial Gardens was judged outstanding and The Wroxham Community Garden was judged as thriving.
Anne McKay, Bracknell in Bloom co-ordinator at the town council, said: “I’m really pleased that Bracknell’s community groups have done so well in the It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. It’s a great campaign to take part in as the judges give some excellent feedback and what’s more it’s free to enter.”
Bracknell in Bloom is also one of 77 finalists in the RHS Britain In Bloom UK National Finals, with the winners announced on October 12.