Gold awards for gardeners across Plymouth
GREEN-fingered gardeners have scooped a clutch of gold awards.
From prized allotments to floral wheelbarrows, residents and organisations excelled in the annual Plymouth in Bloom competition.
Judges dished out the Gold Awards this week. The ceremony was held at the Duke of Cornwall hotel, where a new Plymouth in Bloom committee was also announced with the aim of giving the community a greater say in the campaign.
Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Wright presented the awards, organised by Plymouth City Council, to the residents, community groups and businesses who most impressed the local volunteer judges.
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Councillor Brian Vincent, the council's Cabinet member for environment, said: "It has been a wonderful success again this year with lots of residents, community groups and businesses taking part."
Cllr Vincent is on the committee which will deliver the Plymouth in Bloom campaign next year. The committee has elected a new chairman and other lead members.
Royal Horticultural Society judge Ian Thompson presented the 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards. This year there were 48 Plymouth winners in total.
The seven community projects to win 'outstanding' were: East End Community Allotments, Diggin' it, Penlee, Maker View Project, Plympton St Maurice Civic Association, St Budeaux church allotments, Chichester House Flats and Vauxhall Street Community Courtyard.
Gold winners included: The Retreat Care home for Best Container Display and Best Hanging Baskets; Jaipur Palace for Best Restaurant; Plympton St Maurice Civic Association for Best Street (Fore Street); Friends of Freedom Fields Park for Best Communal Garden; Diggin' It, Penlee Valley for Best Environmental Project; Embankment Road Allotments for Best Allotments; Maritime Inn for Best Public House; Yealmpstone Farm Primary School for Best School Garden Display; Brook Green Centre for Learning for Best School Scarecrow; Coombe Dean Academy for Best School Wheelbarrow; City Centre Manager Clint Jones, City Centre Planting for Jigsaw Garden; Mr Bishop, Volunteer Judge for Outstanding Contribution to the 'In Bloom'campaign; The Retreat Care Home for Best in Competition; Mr Mulvey, Chichester House Flats, Champion of Champions.
Last month Plymouth picked up gold in the large city category in the South West in Bloom.