Exeter scoops major awards at Britain in Bloom ceremony
22nd September 2014
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Pride of place went to Northernhay Gardens, which was named Best Park in the South West!

A group of 30 community volunteers, City Council Parks staff and the Lord Mayor, Cllr Percy Prowse travelled up to Trowbridge in Wiltshire yesterday to see if their hard work had paid off.

It was the first time in over ten years that Exeter as a city had entered the famous competition. The city was one of the foundation members of South West in Bloom, which this year celebrates its Golden Anniversary. 

At the award ceremony, Exeter emerged with trophies for winner of the South West Tourism Cup and Best Park in the South West (Northernhay). Stoke Hill School won The Viridor School Composting Trophy.

In the 'Village' category,  awards went to Pennsylvania (Bronze), St James (Silver), St Thomas (Silver) and St David's (Silver-Gilt). A further 20 'It's Your Neighbourhood' Certificates were presented to the community groups by Jim Buttress (seen recently as the judge in the BBC Allotment Challenge Programme).

Cllr Keith Owen, Lead Councillor for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said: "What can I say - I am absolutely delighted with the results. This is just reward for all the hard work put in by our excellent parks staff and the dedication and passion from Exeter Parks Watch, local communities and the University of Exeter who have devoted so much time and effort."

Sue Lawrence, Chair of Exeter Parks Watch, said: "This is the result of Exeter pulling together and working as a team for the better of the city. I am so proud of everyone who has helped achieve these fabulous results."

Iain Park, Director of Grounds at the University of Exeter said: “We have been happy to work in partnership with the local authority to promote the quality of open space in Exeter.”

The Lord Mayor will be hosting a reception for the five RHS SW in Bloom judges and Exeter's participating groups at the Guildhall next Wednesday to thank them for their contribution to the city's success.

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