Beer hopes to flourish in bloom competitions

South West in Bloom judging with the Beer in Bloom committee. Jon Wheatley and Denise James of South

South West in Bloom judging with the Beer in Bloom committee. Jon Wheatley and Denise James of South West in Bloom with Beer in Bloom committee members, Mike lang and Ursula Makepeace. Ref shb 3235-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Beer is going for gold for the third year running in this year’s South West In Bloom competition.

The village is hoping to prove it still has the golden touch when judges arrive from the regional competition on Wednesday, July 6.

Members of Beer in Bloom will be leading a panel round the village and said the visit will be a ‘trial run’ when judges from Britain in Bloom visit a month later.

Ursula Makepeace, of Beer in Bloom, is calling on residents to give the village’s street a final tidy up before the judging.

Mrs Makepeace said: “I’m relying on residents to keep the streets tidy and deal with any weeds on pavements.

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“I would love to maintain the gold standard and it would be nice if we could win. They will be marking in particular, community involvement and the environment.”

Judges from Britain in Bloom will visit less than a month later, taking the tour on Monday, August 1.

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It is Beer’s first time in the national competition and will go toe-to-toe with Barwick in Elmet, Yorkshire, Dalston in Cumbria, Hillsborough, Ulster, Upton on Severn and Dufftown, in the large village category.

Mrs Makepeace said: “There are only five large villages in the competition. They are more particular and their requirements are more stringent than South West In Bloom.”

The tour will start from Beer Sailing Club. Judges will spend time around the Jubilee, Shelf Shelter, play park, Charlie’s Yard and the beach.

Along Fore Street, the panel will inspect Pegasus Corner, St Michael’s Church, the war memorial and the Mariners’ Hall before dropping through into New Cut.

On the final leg of the route, the society will show off the community land trust site, Mare Lane, Beer Primary School and Beer Puffins before concluding in Pecorama with a presentation.

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