Bumper year for Keynsham's In Bloom bid

Published on: 04 Oct 2014

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Green-fingered residents in Keynsham are celebrating after their work to bring a splash of colour to the town with floral displays was recognised in the South West in Bloom Awards.

The town earned Silver Gilt, not only for its displays but for the way the initiative involved the community and embraced sustainability.

Keynsham Memorial Park took gold while groups who had entered their own gardens and projects in the It’s Your Neighbourhood section as part of the town’s entry also had plenty to celebrate on September 18.

Keynsham Baptist Church, St Dunstan’s Catholic Church and Keynsham Scout Group each earned an “outstanding” rating from the judges, while Friends of Manor Road Community Woodland, Keynsham Wombles and Transition Keynsham’s Community Veg Plot were “thriving”.

Castle Primary School and Neighbour Hoodies TimeOut Task Force were “improving”, Keynsham Railway Station was “developing” and Sirona Day Care Services and Homeavon Community were “establishing”.

As well as the regional awards, Keynsham in Bloom also handed out its own accolades to gardeners, allotment holders and community groups on September 23.
With a bumper crop of entries, Christine Potter handed out the awards in her final year as judge.

Taking two golds, Helen Lovell was named overall winner of Keynsham in Bloom, while a special award went to a very special project.

The sensory garden at Hawthorne Court was presented with a gold and was also named “most inspiring garden”, winning the Ed Sant Shield. Hawthorn Court Sensory Garden

It was collected by Hawthorne Court resident Dennis May, who led the bid to get lottery funding for the project and arranged for residents, volunteers and relatives to help create the sensory garden.

He said: “It’s fantastic to win this award – I was hoping for gold but didn’t expect to get the second award. The sensory garden benefits a lot of people – you see residents and staff in there and looking out from the corridor where you get a good view.”

Keynsham in Bloom chairman Denise James said: “On behalf of Keynsham in Bloom Committee I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this year’s South West in Bloom. Keynsham should be very proud we were awarded a Silver Gilt. 

"Everyone involved from the allotment holders, It’s Your Neighbourhood winners, our local residential garden winners, children’s sunflower growing competition winners, as well as our childrens’s and adult painting competition winners – you have all played a key role in our success this

“A very big thank you as well to the sponsors of our High Street planters - the judges were very impressed with the floral enhancements this year, and commented on how much these have improved our High Street.  The summer floral scheme will soon be removed and replaced with a winter/spring scheme.

“If anyone would like to become involved in our Keynsham in Bloom Community Group, please contact our secretary Dawn Drury at deputytownclerk@keynsham-tc.gov.uk.”

  • Photos courtesy of D & D Carrington

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