Aberdour is Britain's Best
Aberdour Village is celebrating its success at the recent Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom 2013 awards. The village won a gold award in the category "small coastal", the highest standard that can be awarded. Aberdour was up against Dartmouth, Devon and St Brelade, Jersey, in this category, which applies to villages and towns of up to 12,000 population. Aberdour then went on to be declared winner of small coastal in Britain, jointly with Dartmouth.
Pauleen Norman MBE, Chair, Aberdour Village in Bloom, said "This is the first year Aberdour has entered the National Britain in Bloom competition and it is fantastic news for the village that we have won this trophy. It is wonderful to have the hard work of all our committee members and volunteers recognised in his way. We are a small village of less than 1700 people, and we were competing against two much larger towns. The judges recognised the tremendous participation and engagement from all areas of the community, the local Primary School, the scouts,cubs, beavers, brownies, the nursery and play group children, the rotary and other local associations and the support of local businesses. And of course they loved our summer planting, our sensory garden and the work that is carried out throughout the year to maintain and enhance our natural heritage."
As well as success in the coastal category, Aberdour was nominated by the judges as a finalist for three other discretionary awards: Sustainable Landscaping (for the Sensory Garden), Britain in Bloom's Tourism Award (recognising the impact on tourism of Village in Bloom's work) and the Britain in Bloom School Award: Aberdour Primary School won a Special Achievement Award for its commitment to on-going environmental and horticultural initiatives.
Secretary Aberdour Village in Bloom
About RHS Britain in Bloom
RHS Britain in Bloom is the UK’s largest community gardening campaign, involving more than 300,000 people. As part of RHS Britain in Bloom / and its sister campaign, RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood - volunteers in cities, towns, villages, urban communities and neighbourhoods work together to improve their local environment, using gardening as a tool.
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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
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Pauleen Norman MBE
Chair, Village in Bloom
Aberdour Village in Bloom is a voluntary group formed over 21 years ago with the remit of improving the environment of Aberdour, mainly through the use of flowers. Each year the number of planters and baskets have grown and today there are over 80 tubs, etc throughout the village. The group are also responsible for creating a permanent flower bed at the Station entrance and many other public areas receive attention throughout the year.
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