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Clutch of awards as Hereford and county show region how to blossom
IT has been a good year for Hereford in Bloom, with a bag full of ‘golds’ from the Heart of England Britain in Bloom competition.
The city headed the honours list with a gold medal when the regional awards were announced on Thursday Sept 12.
Trevor Swindells, chairman of Hereford in Bloom, received the award in recognition of the ‘outstanding’ effort this year by the Bloom volunteer group.
This included the launch of the first City Garden Festival in High Town, the introduction of the best front garden and best pub/hotel garden competitions as well as a best dressed shop window competition, and a huge operation in conjunction with the SubAqua Club to clean-up the River Wye.
Trevor Swindells said: “Winning gold in such a prestigious national competition is a terrific honour for the city and is a huge morale booster for the growing number of community action groups which are playing an important role in helping make Hereford a better place for its people to live and work and at the same time making it more attractive for visitors.
“A survey by the Royal Horticultural Society showed that a city winning a gold medal can expect a 17 per cent increase in visitor numbers.”
The Barrels Pub in St Owen Street not only won a gold medal for its garden but was also named the overall Heart of England winner in its category.
Mayor of Hereford, councillor Phil Edwards, was also honoured for his contribution to conservation and his dedication to the creation of the Belmont Country Park.
There was also a gold medal for the city skate park on Holmer Road – one of the community projects which won high praise from the judges.
- There were many other successes across the rest of the county.
Burghill won the bronze award in the large village category and Bromyard scooped the silver-gilt in the small town category.
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