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Cor­nish city scoops top prize in Bri­tain in Bloom

Garden News (UK) - - News - Words Ian Hodg­son

Cham­pagne corks are pop­ping in Truro, hav­ing just bagged top prize in this year’s RHS Bri­tain in Bloom (BIB) awards. Win­ning the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle for the first time in the com­pe­ti­tion’s 54year his­tory, Truro beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 76 short­listed com­mu­ni­ties com­pet­ing across 12 cat­e­gories.

Com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try were also all en­gaged in a bat­tle to keep blooms alive dur­ing the long, hot sum­mer. Can­nily, Truro opted for drought­tol­er­ant plant­ing, in­clud­ing cacti, palm trees and Mediter­ranean herbs, em­ploy­ing a so­lar­pow­ered rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tem to keep plants moist.

More than 1,000 hang­ing bas­kets, flo­ral fea­tures, tree plant­ings and a com­mu­nity or­chard also helped to swing the judges’ vote in their favour, with Dar­ren Share, Chair of the BIB judges, com­ment­ing: “Truro aren’t far off turn­ing the city cen­tre into one big gar­den, with imag­i­na­tive plant­ings and prac­ti­cal part­ner­ships.”

The South West was the high­est per­form­ing re­gion with a haul of six gold medals. Other ar­eas also did well, with Ul­ster in North­ern Ire­land scor­ing five gold awards, with the vil­lages of Castle­caulfield and Hills­bor­ough win­ning cat­e­gory awards for Best Vil­lage and Large Vil­lage re­spec­tively. Scot­land also won five gold medals, with four cat­e­gory win­ners, Aberdeen win­ning Best City; East Haven in An­gus, Best Coastal Com­mu­nity, (un­der 12,000); Lin­lith­gow in West Loth­ian, Best Town, and Perth, Best Large Town. l Visit www.rhs.org.uk/get­involved/bri­tain-in-bloom.

Cacti and drought­tol­er­ant plants were key fea­tures In­no­va­tive dis­plays were high pro­file around the city

Suf­frage e Em­me­line Pankhurst recre­ated at Castle­caulfield

Vol­un­teers of all ages pulled to­gether

Block plant­ing in the park at Hills­bor­ough

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