A hat-trick of bloom awards

Bexhill won three South and South East in Bloom Awards. Left to right: Lord Brett McLean, Sandy Melvin, Paul Lendon Tracy from South and South East in Bloom and Carol Thomas from Heart of Sidley SUS-150917-105350001
Bexhill won three South and South East in Bloom Awards. Left to right: Lord Brett McLean, Sandy Melvin, Paul Lendon Tracy from South and South East in Bloom and Carol Thomas from Heart of Sidley SUS-150917-105350001
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Bexhill came up smelling of roses as it scooped a hat-trick of accolades at the South and South East In Bloom Awards.

The town faced some tough competition at the annual awards ceremony, which took place at the Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium on Friday (September 11).

But Bexhill can hold its head high after its triple triumph, including coming top in the coastal town category for the third year running.

Sandy Melvin, chairman of Bexhill in Bloom, attended the event with Lord Brett McLean, Bexhill in Bloom’s honorary president, Carol Thomas from The Heart Of Sidley and Paul Lendon.

The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Jim Buttress, as seen on BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge and fellow celebrity gardener Chris Collins.

The Heart of Sidley received a Level 1 Certificate for Establishing in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category before Manor Gardens received a Silver Gilt Award in the Park Awards.

After lunch, the main awards commenced with Bexhill being declared the winner of the Coastal Category.

Sandy Melvin said: “We are delighted and honoured to receive these awards, we are proud that Bexhill has been recognised as a lovely coastal town which depicts the 
Bexhill motto of Sun and Health.”

The Bexhill in Bloom Awards are to take place on Friday, September 25, at The Bagnall Room, Caring Community, in Sackville Road.

The event will commence at 5pm with light refreshments.

At 6pm there will be a Plant Focus by Greenfingered Fred from the ESK Garden Centre in Eastbourne, which sponsors the prizes followed by the presentations.

* Pictured are Lord Brett McLean, Sandy Melvin, Paul Lendon, Tracy from South and South East in Bloom and Carol Thomas from Heart of Sidley.