Patriotic power leads to gold medal for Bracknell in Bloom entryBy Julie Spencer
October 03, 2012
Bracknell has been awarded its own gold medal after its Celebrate 2012 patriotic flower displays caught the eye of Britain in Bloom judges.
The town’s floral displays in red, white and blue celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games led to a gold medal in the small city category of the Royal Horticultural Society awards.
Barbara McMinnies, chair of Bracknell in Bloom committee, said: “We are delighted to win a Gold Award for the third year running and are honoured to be put through to the Britain in Bloom 2013 National Finals.
“It would not have been possible to accomplish all that we have, had it not been for everyone’s hard work, dedication and the commitment of our sponsors and supporters.
“Everyone involved should feel extremely proud of what they have achieved.”
Judges visited in July and praised community projects which they said highlighted how everyone was pulling together to make Bracknell a better place to work and live.
Bracknell town mayor Councillor Shelagh Pile described the win as ‘fantastic’ and paid tribute to Bracknell’s gardeners and parks and maintenance staff who created the displays. She said: “I think this year’s display was the best ever and winning the award was the crowing glory.
“Then again, with the staff we have we are not surprised.
“They are so wonderful, supportive and enthusiastic.”
Helen Barnett, marketing manager of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP), added: “The patriotic displays and wildflower areas really captured the celebratory spirit that was sweeping the nation during the summer months.
“Everyone involved worked so well together and should be delighted that their efforts have been recognised with these awards.”
Volunteers, landscaping teams from Bracknell Town Council, Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Forest Homes and maintenance contractors Ringway worked on the floral displays around the town which also won Bracknell a regional award for Best Roadsides and Roundabouts.
Five community gardens projects were praised by judges in the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood category.
The Eva Jones Memorial Gardens in Wroxham was judged an outstanding community garden and Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare, judged as thriving, was praised for involving the community in gardening.
Ploughlands Community Garden was judged as an outstanding community project in Priestwood and the Warfield Environment Group and the Warfield Grow and Share community allotment were both judged to be thriving.
The Bracknell In Bloom committee is led by the town council, including BRP, Bracknell Forest Homes, Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Horticultural Association.
The committee thanked sponsors, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell Honda, Waitrose, Warfield Parish Council, Ringway and ReOrsa Studios and Gallery.