The experiences of a Britain in Bloom judge

Monday afternoon of the 7th January 2019 saw a good turnout of members and one visitor to the Murley Hall in Ludgvan Churchtown for our monthly illustrated talk given by Mr Michael Foy. Entitled “The experiences of a Britain in Bloom Judge” Mr Foy talked about his involvement with Britain in Bloom stretching back over many years covering all of the Southwest of England. Supported with a vast selection of photographs, his talk gave us an insight into many community projects that have been developed in villages, towns and cities across the region, largely by volunteers, local people concerned by the rise of out of town retail developments to the detriment of town centres.

Individuals, volunteer groups and schools set about brightening up the places where we live and work by planting flower beds and borders or by lining streets with hanging baskets to bring much needed colour and texture to our vistas. Mr Foy gave examples of structural forms to display plants with a range of form and colour to enhance our well-being. School projects, he said, were most important for educating our young people about plants and colour for they are our future horticulturalists and gardeners and town planners.

2018 ‘Champion of Champions’

The Cornish city of Truro has been awarded top prize and crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ in the UK Finals of Britain in Bloom. 

Truro decided to beat this year’s extreme heat by planting exotic and drought tolerant plants like cacti, palms and herbs. Volunteers built a solar-powered rainwater harvesting system, which wowed the judges and watered more than a thousand hanging baskets, floral features, urban tree plantings and a community orchard.

The judges also saw Truro in Bloom as a great example of collaboration, an innovative partnership with the council’s parks department is the bedrock of the group’s activities. Volunteers are also supported by a wide range of businesses, schools and community groups.

With tea and biscuits served by our members, Michael Foy finished his talk with a few select photographs of Trebah Gardens on the Helford, taken by our secretary Chris Rodda on a recent visit. Michael was able to identify the plants shown and describe a little of the history of the trees and shrubs from around the world. All in all, a very interesting and informative couple of hours, thanks to all involved.