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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

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