Dursley In Bloom wins Silver for horticultural efforts at Heart of England In Bloom awards
GREEN-FINGERED Dursley residents are celebrating a second Silver Gilt award after narrowly missing out on Gold in the Heart of England In Bloom awards.
With 168 points out of a possible 200, Dursley in Bloom were just two points off the Gold award that they were hoping to achieve.
Simon Potter, who has recently taken over as In Bloom chairman, said the group was pleased with their award but were looking to better their results next year.
He said: “We put a lot of work in but we’re sitting down as a group and going through our results and we’re going to have a look at how we can improve.
“We’re aiming for Gold.”
Judges visited the town in July to view the efforts on the theme of edible plants. Tomatoes, plants, courgettes, potatoes and other edibles were planted throughout the flowerbeds in the town.
The judges toured the flowering town, taking in the sights and plant life at Dursley Swimming Pool, Sainsbury’s supermarket and the Old Spot Inn.
Judges praised the team in their report, writing: “A big effort has gone into embracing the RHS edible gardening theme with the well planted and maintained raised beds.
“The work of the committee to clean the streets of weeds and debris is to be admired.
“Now in its third year Dursley in Bloom is really moving on leaps and bounds and showing great promise, a very good effort.”
Four members of the 15-strong In Bloom team travelled to Tamworth for the awards ceremony in September.
Future projects for the In Bloom team include a possible partnership with Dursley Town Council to provide planters in the Kingshill shopping area and improvement works to the Garden of Remembrance.
New members are always needed to help plant flowers, weed public areas and contribute to the In Bloom efforts.
Mr Potter said the commitment wasn’t more than a few hours a month and they were open to all.
“People don’t necessarily need to have a lot of gardening experience, just a willingness to learn,” he explained. “We all learn from each other.”
For more information you can visit the Dursley In Bloom Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DursleyInBloom or contact Mr Potter on 07971 220976.