WHICH TOWN IS THE BLOOMING BEST?
AMERSHAM CLEANS UP AT BLOOM AWARDS – INCLUDING BEST TOWN WIN
AMERSHAM cleaned up at the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom Awards on September 26, in Woodley, receiving a gold award, as well as being awarded the best town in the region for the third successive year.
Local youngsters also did Amersham proud, with Chestnut Lane School receiving the Mark Mattock School Challenge Award, alongside Stony Dean School, who won the regional award for Involving Children and Young People.
The town’s memorial gardens display, commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, was also given a gold award and National Certificate of Destination for Parks.
Steve Catanach, community and services town clerk, said: “Our achievements are a testament to the hard work and unwavering commitment of both the town council and Amersham in Bloom volunteers, most notably Carole Taylor, Jill Mace and Andrew Seymour.
“Similarly, we couldn’t have achieved such an incredible result without the support of local schools, businesses, community groups, scout groups, Chiltern District Council, Serco and Buckinghamshire County Council. “It truly was a collaborative effort. “Of course a special mention to Andy Honour who created the wonderful models in the Memorial Gardens, which commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.”
Mayor of Amersham Caroline Jones said: “The town’s success reflects the commitment and hard work of the town council and Amersham in Bloom volunteers, who have worked tirelessly over the summer. Thanks to their determination the town has never looked so vibrant.
“Amersham in Bloom engages with so many businesses, community groups and schools to the benefit of our town.”
Pete Thompson, RHS Chiltern in Bloom judge, who assessed Amersham in July, said: “Amersham’s Floral Impact, themed in parts to commemorate the end of World War One, cannot fail to impress the visitor. Sustainable planting and many areas attractive to pollinating insects underpin an approach to the Bloom that cares for the environment at all levels. ”
(Clockwise from top) Scouts with their bug hotels; Rebecca Collins and Michelle Robertson unveil the Willow Wood information sign; Amersham Memorial Gardens; the beavers plant out a flower bed