RHS Britain in Bloom Judges Comments

Bray Village (Conservation Area) has received a Gold Award by the Regional RHS Britain in Bloom competition 2016 plus a special ‘Best Horticultural Practice’ Award. Bray also won the Best Small Village trophy. These results were announced at the Thames and Chilterns awards ceremony at Amersham on 15th September.

The RHS judges commented, under the area of achievement for community involvement, the following:

“Strong community participation throughout Bray’s entry underpins the whole campaign. The many individual efforts are supported by the Guides, Brownies, Scouts, the Pre-School, The Jesus Hospital Almshouses, Braywick Nature Centre, and of course the generous commercial sponsorship-exceptional for a community of this size”.

Maggie Hughes, on behalf of the Bray Enhancement Committee, said:

“It is such an honour for our village to be recognised by these prestigious awards, all made possible by the support of local businesses including Savills Windsor, John Guest Ltd., Summerleaze Ltd, Squires Garden Centres, The Waterside Inn, The Fat Duck Group, Caldesi in Campagna, Bray Hair Studio, Waitrose Maidenhead. The Committee also has the support of many organisations, including RBWM, Bray Parish Council and Bray Village Hall committee plus those groups highlighted by the RHS judges”.

Charles Elsmore-Wickens, Head of Savills Windsor, added:

“We are delighted to be able to continue our support of the local community with initiatives such as this. Well done Bray.”

The judges summarised Bray’s 2016 entry as follows:

“Once again, Bray in Bloom has excelled. The floral impact of the combination of ‘organised’ features such as the High Street troughs, and the wide variety of residential and commercial displays-even baskets hanging on the scaffolding takes a lot of beating. Sustainability has not been ignored, with lots of new ideas, perennial beds at strategic locations, and proactive management of the churchyard, all making a contribution. Above all, participation by so much of the community helps make Bray a class leader”.

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