South & South East 2012

The Regional 'In Bloom' Results were announced at the Awards Ceremony held in Fareham yesterday, Thursday 13th September. The Town was awarded a 'Silver Gilt' Medal in the Small Town Category. The winner in the Category was Cranbrook in Kent which also won a Silver Gilt as did three other Small Town entries across the South and South East Region, Battle, Claygate and Liphook. One further entry Angmering received a Silver award. Cranbrook won the title two years ago with Wimborne winning it last year. There were no other Small Town entries from Dorset this year.

The judges report stated that 'Wimborne in Bloom work exceptionally hard, involving and motivating the whole of the community, whether it be planting, designing, fund raising or the winter programme of events. Wimborne can certainly be proud of their clean and attractive town'.

To gain a Silver Gilt Award you must have a high standard entry, which meets the judging criteria and objectives of South and South East in Bloom. It includes sections of exceptionally high standard. Generally meets sustainable and quality thresholds, but these may not be entirely consistent throughout the area.

In the Discretionary Awards the Green Man Public House, which last year won the Pub and Restaurant Award in the Region, gained a Highly Commended Certificate. The winner was The Lamb at Rustington, Sussex.

Anthony Oliver, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom speaking after the Awards Ceremony, "again thanked everyone who has been involved this year and who have helped us to achieve such good results. We now await the results of our entry into the Britain in Bloom Competition which will be announced on 6th October at the Awards Ceremony in Guernsey."

Wimborne in Bloom Members with Margaret Kiff and their awards outside the Green Man.

Wimborne in Bloom Members Richard Nunn, Sally Bishton, Mary Allen and Anthony Oliver receive the Silver Gilt Award from Gardening Television Presenter Chris Collins.