Seaton goes all out for gold - again

PUBLISHED: 13:58 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

JUDGING arrangements for South West in Bloom are now under way after months of planning. And previous gold winner Seaton will be taking part in the South West Tourism Cup (for towns with 5,500 to 7,000 residents).

JUDGING arrangements for South West in Bloom are now under way after months of planning. And previous gold winner Seaton will be taking part in the South West Tourism Cup (for towns with 5,500 to 7,000 residents). Horticultural experts will visit the town to judge its floral presentations, permanent horticultural landscaping and environmental issues - such as re-cycling, conservation and litter. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the competition encourages all sectors of the community - from private gardens to large industrial estates - to work together to improve their localities. This year's Britain in Bloom campaign is being supported by Revive, a Viridor Waste Management soil conditioner made entirely from recycled green waste. Regional recycling manager at Viridor, Kevin Bishop, said: "As sponsors of South West in Bloom we would like to wish all participants the very best of luck. "There are some incredible displays and activities taking place across the region as part of the competition and it is really great to see so many people coming together to get involved." Chief executive for South West Tourism, Malcolm Bell, added: "The South West is famous for its many beautiful gardens and this competition makes the region a garden for all local people and visitors to the area, bringing colour to our lives." The aim of the communities taking part is to improve and regenerate their local environments through imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping and sweeping away the eyesores that blight our streets such as litter, graffiti and vandalism. Each entrant is grouped with others with a similar population size and is given a gold, silver-gilt, silver, bronze award, depending on their merits using the Britain in Bloom criteria. There are also a further 16 discretionary awards, including best school effort, outstanding nature conservation, best market town and outstanding contribution from an individual to Britain in Bloom. At present the event will be held in September at the Guildhall in Plymouth for participants to receive their awards.

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