Bloom verdict for North Devon

Hele residents including Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin, his wife Bea, Ann Jones and Louis Lucas

Hele residents including Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin, his wife Bea, Ann Jones and Louis Lucas welcome South West in Bloom judge John Goulden (second right) during his visit in July. - Credit: Archant

The region finds out how it fared in the annual South West In Bloom competition.

Hele Bay has won gold in its first year of entering the South West in Bloom competition.

Hele Bay has won gold in its first year of entering the South West in Bloom competition. - Credit: Archant

THERE was mixed success for North Devon’s communities at the South West in Bloom awards ceremony last night (Thursday).

The Ilfracombe area had entered a number of categories, with Hele Bay winning a gold pennant in the village to small town section in what was its first ever independent entry.

The village was also joint winner of the Vic Verrier Cup, alongside Poulton, for best newcomer.

Ilfracombe itself took silver gilt in its category, as did Torrington and Clovelly in their respective sections.


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“We are disappointed for Ilfracombe that we did not achieve gold as we did last year, but we’re already planning our strategy for next year,” said Ann Doody of the Ilfracombe in Bloom Committee, who was at the award ceremony.

“We would like to invite all the community groups in the town to get involved for 2014.”

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But there was still plenty for the area to celebrate: Ilfracombe Junior School won the Virador School Composting Award for best scheme, while the Hele based Community Resources CIC was rated ‘outstanding’ in the It’s Your Neighbourhood community section of the awards.

St Philip and St James Church in Ilfracombe also won an outstanding, while Cow Green Community Garden was rated ‘thriving’ and Cairn Conservation Carers ‘developing’.

RHS Garden Rosemoor in Torrington won a special award for ‘Outstanding Horticulture and Plantsmanship’.

Anyone in Ilfracombe, individuals, groups or businesses that would like to be involved in next year’s competition can call the Tourist Information Centre at the Landmark on 01271 863001 or email info@visitilfracombe.co.uk.

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