Anglia in Bloom Gold Award
Earlier this year, the main thoroughfare in to St. Ives Park and Ride facility was given its annual lease of life, courtesy of a number of new plantations that were installed, owing largely to service and financial support from Mick George Ltd.
The hard work that was endured during the volunteer led development has this week been rewarded, as the St. Ives in Bloom initiative was presented with the regional Gold Prize for the ‘Drought Garden and Sustainable Planting’ award at the ‘Anglia in Bloom’ 2017 ceremony, held at Gorleston-on-Sea.
And it didn’t stop there. St. Ives also scooped the ‘floral display by an individual or community’, as well as nominations in the top four ‘grow your own category’, and the Westover Road Cemetery arrangement, achieving the Silver Gilt award.
‘Anglia in Bloom’ is the East of England’s Premier Environmental and Floral competition, welcoming all inspiring ‘bloomers’ from across six regions, which include Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
The scheme forms part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition, a campaign set up to assist getting the best out of village, towns or cities in which we live, both environmentally and florally, while encouraging community and social enterprise.
Hattie Grimwade, Secretary of ‘St. Ives in Bloom’ said: ‘’Historically, the Silver Gilt was the highest honor that we had managed to achieve, but this year the judges were full of praise for the improvements at the Park and Ride. This could not have been achieved without the ongoing cooperation and sponsorship of Mick George Ltd, for whom we would like to extend our thanks too. We look forward to continuing our work in the coming years.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We have supported the ‘St. Ives in Bloom’ scheme for the past three years, as we know exactly what it means to the large local community who use the facility. It is always nice to receive recognition such as this, but I’m sure the pleasant and ambient surroundings that the visitors experience at the site, is a far more humbling feeling.’’