Resident garden design wins regional award

A garden designed by residents at Buckwell Street has won the Thriving Award at the South West in Bloom Awards held at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay.

 South West in Bloom is one of a number of regional competitions that make up Britian in Bloom which is the largest horticultural campaign in Europe.

The aim of the communities that take part each year is to improve and regenerate local environments through the imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping, conservation and recycling projects.

Residents from Buckwell Street were involved right from the beginning in the designs and choosing the flowers that were planted. The results were truly impressive once the flowerbed began to bloom, attracting a lot of interest from passers-by.

Kim Taylor, Area Manager of Environmental and Landscaping Services and Brian Parker, Environmental Services Supervisor accompanied PCH Rangers Martin Hillier and Albert Bowen, to the ceremony in Torquay. Martin and Albert were instrumental in completing the works at Buckwell Street and are really proud of what has been achieved. 

Brian said: “This is a great award to win as its something that the whole community were involved in – having designed and planned the garden, chosen the flowers that were planted and then everyone got hands on.

“When we are in the area carrying out work we are sometimes stopped by tourists visiting the area who tell us how beautiful it looks and quite often by people in the local area who pass on their comments on how it has transformed the area with such a burst of colour.”