Silver gilt for Sidmouth in South West in Bloom

PUBLISHED: 18:15 28 September 2012

(L to R) Councillor Stuart Hughes, Peter Endersby, Gardeners' Question Time presenter Ann Swithinbank, and Lynette Talbot at the South West in Bloom awards ceremony last week.

(L to R) Councillor Stuart Hughes, Peter Endersby, Gardeners' Question Time presenter Ann Swithinbank, and Lynette Talbot at the South West in Bloom awards ceremony last week.

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SIDMOUTH only just missed out on gold at the South West in Bloom awards - landing a silver gilt in the Preece Cup for small coastal towns.

Four floral projects around the town also bagged individual community accolades when results were announced last Thursday.

Members of a completely new Sidmouth in Bloom committee, who had just six months to prepare for the contest, have toasted the achievements.

They say they are looking forward to a “fresh start” next year learning much in a short space of time.

“We weren’t expecting anything great but we learned a lot,” said Sidmouth in Bloom chairman Lynette Talbot.

“It’s been a really tough year and we’re pleased. This is a good start, we’ll keep improving.”

She added that competition bosses praised the new committee for the work it had done at short notice.

Only one town scored a gold award in Sidmouth’s category.

In Your Neighbourhood gongs – which encourage individuals or groups to continue work they are doing – went to the Chairman’s Garden near the cricket club, Fortfield Terrace residents and a pair of pensioners in Witheby.

A fourth, surprise, recipient will be revealed at a bloom awards night on October 24, said Lynette.

Town council chairman Stuart Hughes said: “My congratulations to a new group that put so much effort into receiving this award.”


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