St. Ives in Bloom Gold Award
The annual ceremony which celebrates the floral flourishes of towns and villages across East Anglia took place this week, with many tributes being payed to efforts of the plantations nearby.
This year, St Ives in Bloom picked up a Gold award in the large town category, with particular praise for the biodiversity and plantings at the bus station and park and ride locations, both of which were heavily supported by Mick George Ltd, Stagecoach East and Cambridgeshire County Council.
The town’s riverfront displays, and the Norris Museum were also commended. Holt Island was nominated for the Best Conservation Project; and Gerald Brunning’s winning allotment in the St Ives in Bloom competition was nominated for the Grow Your Own Award. The attractive frontage and garden of the Swan and Angel pub, meanwhile, won the best restaurant category.
In total, 57 gold, 13 silver gilt, six silver and three bronze awards were presented.
Hattie Grimwade, Secretary or St. Ives in Bloom said: ‘’We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their contributions which have all played a part in achieving the award.’’
Bob Ollier, Chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “The Anglia in Bloom communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk & Suffolk should be justifiably proud of this year’s achievements. The Anglia regions success has been down to the very strong community involvement enabling great projects to be created and delivered.”
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We have supported this initiative for a number of years as we know the what a difference their efforts make in transforming the visual aesthetics of the location. It is great to see that their efforts have been rewarded.’’