Double Gold for Bakewell!
Royal Horticultural Society Judges Peter Benham and Judith Warner arrived to a drizzly wet Bakewell on 9th July, but that didn’t stop the Bakewell in Bloom community volunteers showcasing the towns horticultural, community and sustainable projects to its best. The hard-work, led by chair Polly Stevenson, has resulted in an impressive Gold award for the second year running.
This years theme was ‘Bakewell: celebrating our past, present and future’, and after a hosted breakfast at the community volunteers services office, with members of the Bloom, Town Council and Peak District represented, the 2 hour tour began.
Starting at the Agricultural Business Centre to explain the importance of farming to the local area, the tour continued around Bakewell taking in the Motte and Bailey Castle, Bath Gardens, The Bakewell Pudding Shop, local schools and playgroups, the Medway Centre, Scot’s Gardens ‘no-mow’ campaign, the Food, Flower and Bee trail and a specialist native wildflower area at Millstream Mews.
The judges were also impressed with the News Street Community Garden, here they met residents, Sue Smethurst and Lynne Pheasey who showed them round their superb patch of Bakewell.
Bakewell had three Individual entrants this year too. The Peacock Inn, who won an outstanding Gold award. First time entrant, Birdsong, was rewarded with a Bronze medal and David Pinder achieved a silver-gilt for his front garden, all superb results.
The judging finished at the Parish Church with The Revd Canon Tony Kaunhoven in attendance, a large display of photos and work from throughout the year were created and documented for everyone to view over a delicious lunch.
The award ceremony was held in Chesterfield this year and the judges made the comment that Bakewell should be very proud and celebrate this wonderful achievement.
All businesses in Bakewell are encouraged to use and display the gold award as a symbol of the town’s success.
The Food, Flower and Bee trail, with the Bakewell Show 200th anniversary theme, ‘From Farm to Plate’ also received a special judges award, special thanks to Anne Tipple and Dawn Melloy for helping with this.
What an amazing year!
Many thanks must be given to all the volunteers who give hours and hours of their time to help Bakewell achieve this very special award for the second year running.
The Bloom members, Polly Stevenson, Vicky Dooley, Cllr Paul Morgans, George Challenger, Rashelle Maltz-Jones, Carol Walker and Oonagh Colebrook wish to also thank the following organisations and the wider Bakewell Community: Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council, The Haddon Estate, Bakewell Town Council and the Bakewell Partnership, The Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales CVS and Bakewell WI
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