When Buxton last entered in 2009, we did really well, winning a Gold in the East Midlands in Bloom, and a Silver in the European version Entente Florale. We didn’t expect to do as well this time, but when the judges visited on 15th July, they at least seemed impressed with the level of community involvement in the town.
Britain in Bloom isn’t just about bedding plants and hanging baskets. The ‘Portfolio’ we produced for the judges includes a huge range of topics, such as the Milnthorp Wildflower Garden, Transition Buxton’s Dispersed Community Orchard, the Serpentine Nursery Project, the new poppy memorial garden and the various allotment sites. It even features Connie Consumasaurus the totally rubbish dinosaur!
That was the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition of course. In parallel with that we had our own local competition. We had loads of entries, and our judges had a hard time deciding, but in the end the winners were:
- Best Front Garden – 62 Ecclesbourne Drive & 88 Dovedale Crescent (jointly)
- Best Hanging Basket – 2 Clough Street & 88 Dovedale Crescent (jointly)
- Best Hotel Front – Roseleigh Guest House
- Best Pub Front – Wye Bridge
- Best Retail/Commercial Premises – JD Hair & Beauty
- Best Street – Dovedale Crescent
Congratulations to all of them, and to the runners up, and we hope everyone enjoyed the awards presentation on 27th July.
As for the East Midlands in Bloom awards, these were announced on 17th September. Buxton was awarded a Silver Gilt, Haddon Hall Care Home the same, and there was a special Judges’ Award for the Serpentine Project. Congratulations all round then!