Bloom­ing beau­ti­ful Bath wins awards

Bath Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Dena Shoe­bridge Print writer 01225 322273 dena.shoe­bridge@reach­plc.com

Res­i­dents in Bath are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter the city scooped two gold awards in the South West In Bloom com­pe­ti­tion. The Bath In Bloom Com­mit­tee won gold for its small city en­try and was also awarded the Tesco Cup for best in cat­e­gory. But it was dou­ble cel­e­bra­tions as the Bath Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict (Bath BID) also won gold and best in cat­e­gory in the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s an­nual awards. Claire Jack­son, chair of the Bath in Bloom Com­mit­tee, said: “We are thrilled with the re­sults which are tes­ta­ment to the tremen­dous amount of hard work which went into our en­try. “The judg­ing route in­cluded St An­drew’s School, the com­mu­nity gar­den in Wal­cot Street and a City cen­tre tour. “The judge was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with our strong com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, in­clud­ing the WI bed in Vic­to­ria Park, St Stephen’s Church and the Mil­len­nium Green in Lans­down. “We were keen to sup­port com­mu­nity groups in their ef­forts this year and were very pleased to have had this recog­nised.” The com­mit­tee worked with Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil’s parks de­part­ment to fur­nish the city with the best flo­ral dis­plays. Dur­ing this year’s ex­cep­tion­ally hot sum­mer Bath BID Rangers took over the wa­ter­ing of the city cen­tre’s on-street flo­ral dis­plays which en­sured Bath re­mained bloom­ing mar­vel­lous. Al­li­son Her­bert, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bath BID, said; “I’m re­ally pleased the work of Bath BID has been recog­nised with the Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict South West in Bloom Award for keep­ing the city clean, its wa­ter­ing and its plant­ing schemes. “We chose to be in­no­va­tive by adding herbs and veg­eta­bles to planters to cel­e­brate the city’s ‘foodie scene’ and by select­ing pur­ple and white flow­ers to com­mem­o­rate the suf­fragette move­ment.” Coun­cil­lor Bob Good­man, cab­i­net mem­ber for de­vel­op­ment and neigh­bour­hoods, said: “To win two gold awards and two best in cat­e­gory tro­phies is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment. “I must con­grat­u­late the In Bloom com­mit­tee, mem­bers of the Bath Im­prove­ment Dis­trict, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and the army of vol­un­teers who worked tire­lessly to main­tain the city’s won­der­ful flower dis­plays in test­ing con­di­tions over the dry sum­mer. “I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of their achieve­ments which were richly de­served.” The Bath in Bloom com­mit­tee is grate­ful to this year’s spon­sors, Ro­tork, Wes­sex Wa­ter, Bath Build­ing So­ci­ety, Cross Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Bath Aqua Glass, Min­ute­man Press, the Univer­sity of Bath Gar­den­ing Club and Eveleigh’s Café. If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved or spon­sor­ing next year’s In Bloom en­try please con­tact the Bath In Bloom Com­mit­tee on 01225 464228

The long border at Pa­rade Gar­dens and in­set, the owl ‘book’ to mark the sculp­tures that have fea­tured around the city all sum­mer and a colour­ful tiered ar­range­ment in Kingsmead Square have all helped Bath win the awards

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