Going for gold pays off as Keynsham in Bloom wins top award

October 02 2015
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Keynsham shone at the South West in Bloom Awards at the end of September, when judges awarded the town gold in the annual competition.

Keynsham shone at the South West in Bloom Awards at the end of September, when judges awarded the town gold in the annual competition.

Representatives from Keynsham in Bloom Community Group travelled to Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College on September 24, where they were presented with the award by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.

The town’s entry was assessed by judges Terry Porter and Lesley Jelleyman, who toured the floral displays and community projects aimed at brightening up the local environment on July 10.

Denise James, chair of Keynsham in Bloom Community Group, said: “I am absolutely delighted with our award, I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and dedication. Together we have all contributed to making Keynsham a cleaner, greener and more colourful place for residents, local businesses and visitors to our town. We are all very proud of Keynsham and our efforts have now finally put Keynsham on the floral map here in our region.

“We should also be proud of the community groups who have taken part in this year’s It’s Your Neighbourhood awards – they are all, like us, volunteers who dedicate our time to improving where we live and work.”

The It’s Your Neighbourhood awards handed out were: Community@67 – Improving; Keynsham Time Out Neighbourhood Task Force – Developing; Keynsham Railway Station – Thriving; St Dunstan’s Catholic Church – Thriving; Wellsway Academy Green Team – Thriving; The Ebenezer Chapel Baptist Church – Outstanding; Keynsham Scout Group – Outstanding; Keynsham Wombles – Outstanding; Transition Keynsham Community Veg Plot – Outstanding; Vicarage Green - Outstanding.

The efforts of the 1st Keynsham Scouts, who supported a number of projects across the town and replanted the raised beds in Ashton Way, were also singled out for praise during the ceremony when South West in Bloom chairman John Wheatley said he thought they were the best Scout group in the country.

Denise added: “I am so proud and would like to stand up and applaud everyone involved. Our next task will be to sit down and plan our entry for next year’s competition and look at developing ways in which we can retain gold for Keynsham.”

The group celebrated the award at Scout HQ on September 27 when the prizes for the town’s own Keynsham in Bloom competition were presented to local gardeners.

Top prizes went to Helen Lovell, who received the Ed Sant Memorial Shield for Most Inspiring Garden, while Mrs MC Davies was named overall winner for 2015. Andy Lovell won for “garden visible from the pavement”, Ray Griffin took the prize for “area visible from the pavement with containers” and Mrs MC Davies won “garden not visible from the pavement”.

As well as private gardens, Wellsway School won the Schools or Other Youth Groups category, Keynsham Dial-a-Ride won the Community Groups category and Ed Snow won the Allotments category. Keynsham Park Café won the Business category and Keynsham Baptist Church won the Place of Worship category.

There were also prizes for Timeout Youth Service’s allotment as the Best New Entry while Community@67 was honoured for its work to brighten up a community space and Mike and Carole Lambern won the Art in the Community contest.