The Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom campaign won an impressive number of awards in this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition.
At a ceremony held on 13 September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire, Dunorlan Park received the top grade and a gold medal in the Best Large Park category. This is the second year running the park has been awarded the gold medal.
The accolades did not stop there as another gold medal was awarded to Royal Tunbridge Wells as winner of the Best Large Town category and Oakley School received a gold medal as winner in the Schools in Bloom category. The final award given to Royal Tunbridge Wells was Best in Kent across all categories.
Councillor Ronen Basu, chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom committee said: ‘It is wonderful for the town to have been given these awards and confirms what people tell me when they say they think the town looks very beautiful. This is a prestigious competition and we should be very proud of our achievements.’
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom aims to deliver environmental improvements throughout the town, involve the community and encourage civic pride. Practical activities undertaken by the local in Bloom group include planting the troughs in the Calverley precinct to increase floral displays in the town centre and a organising a whole host of community projects across the town including hedge laying, spring cleans and conservation activities. The group also runs a local competition for residents.
Mel Henley, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s contract services manager said: ‘What a great result. So many people from officers and councillors to Sodexo’s gardeners and Cory’s street cleaning team have worked with community groups and volunteers to ensure that our beautiful town looked its absolute best. It is particularly great to know that a lot of our work will leave a lasting improvement as well.’
Councillor Jane March, Cabinet member with responsibility for Tourism, Leisure and Economic Development commented: ‘These awards enhance the importance of borough as tourist destination. Grateful thanks to the volunteers, staff and members for their hard work and support. Do please come and visit the town centre and beautiful Dunorlan Park to experience for yourselves what it means to be a gold medal winner!’
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom is co-ordinated by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council who also part-fund the initiative, with other funding and support coming from partners including Sodexo, Cory Environmental and Kent High Weald Partnership.