Great results from RHS Judging

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We are very proud to have received the highest rating level from the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme – Outstanding.

We were also awarded a National Award of Distinction. This was awarded to only 12 It’s Your Neighbourhood groups across the country. An honour indeed and testament to all the hard graft put in by the team on the plot.

IYN 2017 Certs Presentation (2)

Receiving the Awards

Presentation to show the judges what we have achieved.

We received 91 out of a possible 100 points covering Community Participation (36), Environmental Responsibility (27) and Gardening Achievement (28).

The judges comments:

  • The half-acre site is clearly laid out with different beds which allows for a general rotation plan to be implemented. The ornamental hedge shows forethought as it will provide a windbreak on this very open site.
  • There is a wide variety of planting which reflects the diversity of the group with more unusual planting (white aubergine, celeriac, purple carrots) alongside the staples (onions, tomatoes, leeks, beans).
  • The variety of flowers add interest, colour and attract insects (Cinnabar moth caterpillar, honey bees and many butterflies).
  • Events are held which create a sense of community eg a group picnic utilising food grown (beetroot hummus, pickled cucumbers, courgette fritters), pumpkin competition etc.
  • Upcycling is evident eg the bench from the town centre, old fence posts used for the fruit cage, donated greenhouses and wheelbarrows.

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