Pembrokeshire blossoms in the annual Wales in Bloom awards
5:28pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
Pembrokeshire’s floral communities have come up smelling of roses in this year’s Wales in Bloom competition.
Tenby has claimed its 29th title and a Silver Gilt in the small country town section of the contest - where Saundersfoot gained a merit and Silver - with Wolfscastle winning the small village category for the ninth time and gaining a Silver Gilt.
Just five Gold awards were achieved throughout the Principality, with two of them coming to Pembrokeshire - to Tenby’s Giltar Hotel which won first prize in the hotel, pub and restaurant frontage and Amroth Bay Holidays which was first in the class for small caravan and holiday parks.
Wolfscastle in Bloom co-ordinator, the Rev. Geoffrey Eynon, said: “Once again we are proud of the fact that we have won the Silver Gilt award in this prestigious competition. This is down to the commitment and hard work of those involved in preparing and planting the various displays around the village, and the willingness of the residents to ensure that their property is looking at its best for judging day. "
Tenby’s mayor, Councillor Sue Lane, said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ that the resort had retained its title.
“We have also just been judged in the International Communities in Bloom competition, and I really feel that everyone has upped their game this year, with many more businesses putting out superb displays,” she added.
Councillor Lane is also chairman of Tenby in Bloom, whose new volunteers on board this year have helped transform the railway station and The Green area, as well as forming a weeding group to supplement the work of Pembrokeshire County Council.
“Tenby in Bloom works together with Pembrokeshire County Council and Tenby Town Council, and I don’t think we could be a better partnership,” she said.
The authority’s cabinet member for economy, tourism and communities, Councillor David Pugh, acknowledged the council’s hard work in helping Tenby to look at its best.
“As well as maintaining the flower beds and public gardens and mowing the grass, they are also responbielf ro keeping the srsort’s beaches clean, emptying the litter bins three times a day and painting the street furniture,” he said.
Councillor Pugh also congratulated the competition winners, and added: “Both Wolfscastle and Tenby have an excellent record in this competition, and this year they have maintained their high standards, which is always a difficult task to achieve.”
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