What a way to finish the gardening season!
Bray village (Conservation area) was judged to be the BEST in category at the National awards ceremony held at Bristol on 16th October. Only 71 communities through the UK were invited to enter at National level this year. Bray topped its category (small village) beating off strong challenges from Tresco ( SW region) and Great Whittington. (Northumbria)
The judges awarded both Bray and Tresco a prestigious GOLD award, but Bray must have scored higher than Tresco, to be crowned best in category! (Judges at National level do not reveal the actual but a gold signifies 85% or higher).
We represented the Thames and Chilterns Region, together with Henley (town) and Bracknell (small city). Henley received a Silver Gilt award and Bracknell a silver. However, this was quite an achievement for Bracknell as the town centre is undergoing a major redevelopment programme.
The RHS judges have three core pillars on which they score: Horticultural achievement, Environmental responsibility and Community participation. Communities have to excel in all three sectors to achieve the GOLD award.
The judges’ summarised our entry as “the engagement in your Bloom campaign of increasing numbers of people, especially children, is most commendable.
However, the judges’ beady eyes never miss a thing, and they have suggested a couple of areas for improvement for the future. So whilst we can revel in glory, there is always more to achieve!
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Many thanks to all involved, too many to mention, but everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated.
Maggie, Margaret, Chris and Jules.
BRAY ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE