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1st November 2016

RHS South West in Bloom “GOLD” Winners

The St Thomas Bloomers were thrilled to be presented with a Gold award in the Town to City Pennant (South) category for the Royal Horticultural Society’s South West in Bloom competition at a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Exeter at the Exeter Guildhall on the 12th October 2016.

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St Thomas Bloomers being presented with the Gold Award by the Lord Mayor of Exeter

The award follows two successive years of winning Silver Gilt pennants.

Comments in the feedback included

“The St Thomas Station area and churchyard area had contrasting historical features of the old railway and the mature trees of St Thomas churchyard – such a beautiful collection of mature conifer species.

“The Wisteria archway in Pinces Gardens – what a fantastic feature!”

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The wisteria in Pinces Gardens at its best!

South West in Bloom is not just about gardening and flowers, but about the local community, the environment, heritage and sustainability.  The St Thomas tree trails were described as a superb initiative interpreting and indicating the diversity of the trees within the landscape – a wonderful educational project.

Not only did St Thomas receive a Gold award, but all four projects entered in the It’s Your Neighbourhood competition received Outstanding awards.  Many congratulations to the St Thomas Station Eco Garden, St Thomas Methodist Sensory and Peace Garden, St Thomas Churchyard; and Cowick Barton & Pinces Gardens.

We went for Gold - and won It!

We went for Gold – and Won It!

Lots of thanks to everyone involved and for giving up their time to take part in litter picking events, weeding, seed sowing and more.  A fantastic achievement.

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