Bracknell strikes Gold again in Britain in BloomBy Hugh Fort
October 25, 2011
Green-fingered folk across Bracknell were rewarded for their hard work after helping the borough scoop a second successive Gold award in the Britain in Bloom competition.
A lavish event was held to celebrate Bracknell in Bloom on Monday at South Hill Park’s Wilde Theatre in Ringmead, Birch Hill, where staff from Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) and Mary Harris, of Bracknell Town Council, handed out awards to the local groups who were involved in the success.
Helen Barnett, BRP’s marketing manager, said: “It was fantastic to be able to say thank you to everybody for all their hard work and commitment and to show them our Gold award.
“All of the participants should feel extremely proud of what we have achieved and the award would not have been possible without their dedication."
The first award on the night was handed to Mary when she was presented with the Gold award.
The borough scooped the award in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Thames and Chiltern in Bloom competition, part of Britain in Bloom.
This week’s event was a chance to celebrate the people who have made Bracknell in Bloom a success and to hand out the Your Garden Awards.
Among the winners on the night was Angela Huntingdon, who received the Thames and Chiltern Regional Award for floral input on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council’s landscaping team.
The Warfield Environment Group and Ploughlands Community Garden in Priestwood were given an award as part of the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign” and Ploughlands clinched the best community gardens award.
Christina Francis of Binfield won the fiercely contested “Best Front Garden” award, while the best commercial premises was won by the New Leathern Bottle in Jealotts Hill, Warfield.
For the third year in a row Bracknell’s best young gardener award was given to Birch Hill resident Jack Shilley, who created a brilliant miniature show garden.
The new school gardens award was taken home by youngsters in Holly Spring Junior School’s Gardening Club.
And the highly competitive sunflower competition was won by Robert Petford, from Priestwood, who grew an impressive 12ft 8ins tall sunflower.
Dennis Pilcher House, in Rowley Close, Harmans Water, was the winner of the best newcomer award for its variety of garden areas.
The best newcomer in the schools category went to Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School.
The most environmentally friendly allotment went to Ted Love and the most attractive allotment to Linda Tizzard and Allan Miles.
Barbara Bowyer, from Crowthorne, won the special environment award for her garden.