RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM AWARDS 2015
Dartmouth won Gold in the Seaside Towns under 12,000 population category. This was announced at a ceremony in Sunderland on Friday 16 October, hosted by the RHS.
DARTMOUTH hosted the SOUTH WEST IN BLOOM AWARDS 2015
The awards were held at the Britannia Royal Naval College on Thursday 24 September 2015. Dartmouth won Gold in the Champion of Champions category.
NEW IN ROYAL AVENUE GARDENS
The new Japanese style garden in Royal Avenue Gardens has an ornamental bridge made of reclaimed oak. A ‘river’ of Japanese plants, including hostas and painted ferns flows beneath it, decorated with rocks and gravel. Another new feature is the Devon Bank, near the Newcomen Engine House where DGP volunteers have planted of sedums on one side and informal planting on the other. And the Ship of Flowers is back!
The building work on the site of the old depot and greenhouse has been completed. The base of what will be the pyramid community greenhouse is in place. Fund raising is under way for the superstructure.
ABOUT DARTMOUTH GREEN PARTNERSHIPS
Dartmouth is proud to be part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, and to be a Gold Award Winner. In 2015 we were entered for both the National and South West in Bloom awards winning Gold in both.
In 2014 Dartmouth 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 celebrated its 50th birthday and the theme was Going for Gold for pollinators. We planted lots of areas with poppies as we remembered the start of the First World War 100 years ago. Our special poppy beds in Royal Avenue Gardens and along the river front won Gold in the 2014 awards, as did our potager of vegetables and flower cutting garden.
Dartmouth Green Partnerships was formerly known as 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 in 2014 and won a Bronze award. It returned to Royal Avenue Gardens for the rest of the summer.
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, Candlelit Dartmouth in late November 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 (see pics below). 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. More are being added in 2015 along the South Embankment.
- 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. The troughs starting at the Higher Ferry were new in 2014. More are being added in 2015.
- We also assist SHDC gardeners in Royal Avenue Gardens and maintain the capstan beds along the North Embankment.