East Grinstead gets Silver Gilt award

1 October 2012

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JUDGES for this year’s South and South East in Bloom awards have given East Grinstead’s patriotic red, white and blue scheme a silver gilt certificate in the town centre category.

Julie Mockford, chairman of the town’s Bloom team, said: “We have a strong and dedicated committee who have worked hard to create our award-winning town centre. This is the second year we have won silver gilt and we will be striving for gold (the top mark) next year.

“We are making steps in the right direction and we were particularly proud of the High Street – we have all worked hard to make sure it looked nice.”

More than 320 people attended the awards ceremony in Fareham, Hampshire, where BBC gardener Chris Collins presented the main winners with an engraved glass trophy.

All other entrants received a certificate.

The core themes of the Southern Water-sponsored competition were horticulture and gardening, environmental responsibility and community participation.

The regional campaign encourages residents and businesses to work together to improve their local environment to make them greener, cleaner and a pleasure to live in, work in and visit.

South and South East in Bloom chairman Peter Holman said: “Despite all the doom and gloom in the UK, the In Bloom competition has continued to grow and involve people in a way nothing else does.

“Sometimes people think that we’re all about flowers and hanging baskets, but we’re more interested in the environment and the sterling work of communities. Many new people became involved this year, so we must be doing something right.”

Blooming marvellous: Julie Mockford, the chairman of  the East Grinstead in Bloom committee, with this year’s award.

Photo courtesy of the East Grinstead Observer.

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