SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM AWARDS 2014
Dartmouth has won the prestigious Ayre Cup for the Best Coastal town under 10,000 population as well as lots of other awards!
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Dartmouth is proud to be part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and to be a Gold Award Winner. This year, 2014 Dartmouth has won the Ayre Cup for the best coastal town of under 10,000 population in the South West in Bloom Awards. In 2013 Dartmouth won Gold in the ‘small coastal town’ category of the National competition and gold in the South West regional competition.
In 2014 the RHS is celebrating its 50th birthday and the theme is Going for Gold for pollinators. We planted lots of areas with poppies as we remember the start of the First World War 100 years ago. Our special poppy beds in Royal Avenue Gardens and along the river front have won gold in the 2014 awards, as did our potager of vegetables and cutting garden.
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is the new name for Dartmouth in Bloom. It is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation which relies on donations, sponsorship, fund raising events, and grants from councils, local residents and businesses. The name change reflects the priorities of the Royal Horticultural Society: horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation. We are working with many groups in Dartmouth who are keen to preserve and enhance the town’s green spaces. The aim is for more sustainable planting as well as seasonal displays.
Dartmouth has played an important part in British Maritime history for over 900 years and has many fine old buildings including the famous Britannia Royal Naval College, with its commanding location overlooking the town and the entrance to the river. The ship of flowers originally in the 2013 display reflects the maritime heritage – it was recreated at the RHS Tatton Park this year and won a Bronze award. It is now back in Royal Avenue Gardens.
There are many old buildings such as the Butterwalk, and in Foss Street and Anzac Street enhanced by hanging baskets and flower displays. The members work alongside the town’s dedicated Gardening Team, striving to achieve horticultural excellence, and promoting the involvement of local residents and businesses in the town to provide bright displays throughout the year.
Dartmouth is an all year round destination, famous for its Royal Regatta in August, Music Festival in May, Crab and Food Festivals in October, the Candlelit Procession by the local children and their parents in early December and street decorations at Christmas. Planting schemes and displays have to cope with the huge influx of visitors at these events.
Dartmouth Green Partnerships is responsible for the planting and maintenance of a number of areas throughout the town. These include:
- the town entrance with wild flower beds by the roadside
- the anchor bed on College Way, newly planted in 2014
- the triangular bed and the boat ‘Michael’ at the Higher Ferry
- the circular beds, borders and the potager outside the Community Greenhouse
- the hanging baskets, mangers and troughs around the Boatfloat, in Bayard’s Cove and along Zion Place
- Planters along the riverfront from the Higher to the Lower Ferries – these are recycled from previous use in London along the Mall and in the Millennium Park