Il­lu­mi­na­tions back­drop as lo­cal heroes are hon­oured

Herald Express - - Business - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

Visi­tors ad­mire the Glow Win­ter Il­lu­mi­na­tions at RHS Gar­dens Rose­moor

TAKE in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s (RHS) Gar­den Rose­moor and cel­e­brate Devon’s com­mu­nity heroes.

Tick­ets are now on sale for the Devon Com­mu­nity Hon­ours 2018 which take place on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6.

The event is spon­sored by Devon County Coun­cil which will also be rep­re­sented on the day.

Nom­i­nated by the pub­lic and our jour­nal­ists, nom­i­nees will come from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over Devon.

Their

achieve­ments

are awe-in­spir­ing and a les­son to us all. They say they are or­di­nary peo­ple, but their acts are truly ex­tra­or­di­nary.

This event hon­ours peo­ple who have gone above and be­yond to do good for their com­mu­nity, most of the time with­out any recog­ni­tion or re­ward.

From 3pm visi­tors will be able to take in the last hours of day­light be­fore the main event which will be hosted by broad­caster and colum­nist Judi Spiers. From 6pm on­wards the gar­dens will light up for the Glow Win­ter Il­lu­mi­na­tions.

Richard Mulford from RHS Rose­moor said: “By De­cem­ber 6 the gar­den is start­ing to go to bed in terms of the main flow­ers and fo­liage; how­ever the win­ter gar­den dis­play starts to look amaz­ing with all the dif­fer­ent bark tex­tures, tree colours and those sorts of things.

“This year we have a new route through our fo­liage gar­den which in­cor­po­rates lots of sculp­tures, lots of the trees and shrubs with dy­namic colour chang­ing lights.

“You will be able to view the gar­den in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent light. We’ve ex­tended the route down to the lake for the first time so you will get all the re­flec­tions off the wa­ter with il­lu­mi­nated trees.”

As well as the Glow Win­ter Il­lu­mi­na­tions, visi­tors will be able to en­joy the gar­den’s win­ter sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion.

Mr Mulford added: “We’ve got lots of dif­fer­ent sculp­tures lo­cated around the gar­den, en­com­pass­ing lots of dif­fer­ent styles and creations by many artists.

“Then by night some of those are il­lu­mi­nated as well, so it’s worth com­ing dur­ing the day to see the sculp­tures and the win­ter fo­liage and tex­tures as well as en­joy­ing it by night with the glow il­lu­mi­na­tions.

“This year our fo­cal points of the sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion which will also be lit is our com­mem­o­ra­tive dis­play mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

“Our sol­diers and poppy dis- play will be the fo­cus of our ex­hi­bi­tion and the glow event brings a com­pletely new di­men­sion.”

Guests will also en­joy a de­li­cious tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea with fin­ger sand­wiches, canapes, mini cakes and cream teas.

“You’ll be fairly full af­ter you’ve eaten an af­ter­noon tea that’s for sure,” Mr Mulford added. “Our award-win­ning venue re­ceived sil­ver in last year’s Visit Devon Tourism Awards, and it’s be­ing run by an cater­ing team who are pro­vid­ing the af­ter­noon teas.”

Tick­ets for the event cost £20 (plus VAT) and are avail­able on­line at http://de­von­honours.co.uk

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