Treble joy for Bexhill in Bloom

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Bexhill in Bloom pulled off a hat-trick at the South and South East in Bloom Awards.

Bexhill in Bloom pulled off a hat-trick at the South and South East in Bloom Awards.

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Not only did Bexhill win the ‘Coastal’ category for the third year running, it but also scooped a silver gilt award in the ‘Park’ group for the town’s Manor Gardens while ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ – the Heart of Sidley’ received a Level 1 Certificate.

Bexhill in Bloom Chair 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.”

Bexhill in Bloom Honorary President Brett Maclean said: “We are thrilled to receive this award on behalf of Bexhill. This is the third year in a row that we have won and it really shows what pride we have in our town.

“Bexhill has beautiful outside spaces for residents and visitors alike and this award is recognition for all the hard work that goes into making Bexhill beautiful.”

The awards ceremony took place at the Brighton and Hove AMEX Stadium and was co-hosted by Jim Buttress, from BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge, and fellow celebrity gardener Chris Collins.

Award sponsors Southern Water spoke about its new water efficiency plan, which aims to save six million litres of water per day in the South East.

Southern Water’s Water Efficiency Manager, Ben Earl said: “This is a great competition that celebrates the South East and its beautiful places and spaces.

“Southern Water has been a proud sponsor of the event for over a decade and a half and in that time we been able to help thousands of gardeners save water through the promotion of water efficiency.

Bexhill in Bloom held its own awards on September 25 at The Bagnall Room, Caring Community in Sackville Road.

Thirty certificates issued by the SSE in Bloom judges were presented followed by the Sidley in Bloom Awards. Peter Mills, one of the judges from Beautiful Battle, talked about the Judging Day.

The Bexhill in Bloom Main Category Awards winners were as follows:

Winner of Commercial /Retail Category was Ken Findley Estate Agent, 2nd Goodman & Brooks Hair Design

Winner of Community Garden was Merrimac, Cantelupe Road, 2nd The Sackville

Winner of Containers was Flat 33, Cantelupe Road, 2nd 21 Park Avenue

Winner Hotel /Guest House was Buenos Aires, 2nd Cooden Beach Hotel

Winner Licenced Premises was The Sportsman, 2nd The Coast

Winner Good Design was 14 Coverdale, 2nd Rimswell Cottage Bexhill Old Town

Winner Private Garden was 4 Fir Tree Close, 2nd 6 Courthope Drive

Special Awards was won by Bexhill College at Jameson Mews, 2nd Sackville Methodist Church

Overall Area winner was Bexhill Old Town, 2nd Heart of Sidley.

Sandy Melvin said: “We are grateful to Greenfingered Fred at ESK Garden Club, Eastbourne who sponsors the Bexhill in Bloom Prizes and to Rother District Council who provide a grant for entering S&SE in Bloom and help run the competition.”

If anyone would like to join the committee to help with organisisation or with refreshments at events, contact Sandy on 01424 844641.

Pictured receiving the awards are Brett McLean, Sandy Melvin, Paul Lendon Tracy from SSE in Bloom and Carol Thomas from Heart of Sidley.

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