Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sidmouth in Bloom and a host of community projects win national accolades

This year's visit by Britain in Bloom went extremely well:
Futures Forum: Britain in Bloom judges praise ‘vibrant’ Sidmouth

They were particularly impressed with the fantastic work Sidmouth in Bloom has been doing in the community:
In the second of a two-part feature, Sidmouth in Bloom’s Lynette Talbot explains what’s been happening at Sidmouth’s Old Boat Park - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
Futures Forum: A sensory garden for Sidmouth >>> funding to help project revitalise a rather tired part of town

One such community group which has contributed to the 'vibrant Sidmouth' is Friends of the Byes:

For the third time running FoTB have received the highest award of Outstanding merit from the RHS In Your Neighbourhood scheme, so well done us! The award was graciously received by Ian Davies on behalf of everyone at the Sidmouth in Bloom Award Ceremony.


Friends of the Byes volunteers have been awarded the highest level of “outstanding” in this year’s RHS - Royal Horticultural Society ‘It’s your neighbourhood award’ https://www.rhs.org.uk/…/camp…/it-s-your-neighbourhood/about
Thanks to all the volunteers and people who have donated a few £’s up to £100 towards wild flowers and also to the Sid Vale Association Keith Owen Fund and Sidmouth Town Council for financial support to help make this East Devon Countryside National Trust and East Devon District Council land all the nicer for everyone to enjoy.

Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project - Home | Facebook

All of which has contributed marvellously to Sidmouth in Bloom's fantastic success:

Sidmouth in Bloom wins gold at Britain in Bloom

06 November 2017

Clarissa Place

Sidmouth in Bloom's Lynette Talbot and Sidmouth town councillor John Dyson receives the award from presenter Iolo Williams at the Britain in Bloom awards. Credit: Tony Mottram Group Name: SIDMOTH Category: Coastal up to 12k Award: Gold & O/ALL Winner Presented By: IOLO Williams Names: Lynette Talbot & John Dyson

Sidmouth in Bloom will battle it out for the highest honour to be named the champion of champions in the whole of the UK after winning gold at Britain in Bloom.

The group scooped the top prize and was named winner of the small coastal town category at an award ceremony in Llandudno last Friday. The win has also landed Sidmouth a coveted spot in the champion of champions category, which is made up of the top entries selected by the judges.

Lynette Talbot, chairman of the group, said the group’s volunteers will need the help of residents to ‘up the ante’ ahead of next year’s inspection.

She said: “We went really to get a gold, and it is fantastic to be named the winner out of all the people who are in the category. For us it is a real achievement as we been involved for five years. It’s been a real climb.

“This will, in addition to this year’s accolade, bring great prestige to the town – tourism, place to live, place carry out volunteering, bring up children and add to all the other desirable things that make up our Sidmouth’s heritage.

“It will bring a big challenge, not only to SIB, but to all who live and work in our town. To compete with all the UK entries of all sizes and be the best we must ‘up the ante’ in all things, horticulture, environmental care and community support.”

Britain in Bloom judges Ian Beaney and Teresa Potter were full of compliments when they visited in August, praising Sidmouth for being a ‘vibrant town’ proud of its horticulture.

It follows the bloom’s success in the South West in Bloom competition, where it claimed another gold and the Sargent Cup.

Community projects including The Friends of the Byes, The Chairman’s Garden, Witheby Entrance Garden, Sidbashers and Sidcombers, The Ham garden restoring project, Margaret’s Meadow, Livonia Road Shubbery were all recognised in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme receiving either an outstanding or thriving rating.

Peter Endersby, of the group, added: “We need to get the whole town behind us.They need to be rooting for us 
in a practical way, it has to be the town’s campaign to get us to be the best town in the whole of Great Britain.”

The committee thanked volunteers and the district council’s Streetscene for their help this year.

Sidmouth in Bloom wins big at Britain in Bloom competition 2017 - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald

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