It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards 2017
South West in Bloom’s It’s Your Neighbourhood awards recognise community effort by volunteers in creating floral displays and green spaces. They are a crucial part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom programme, and the South West has more entries than any other region.
‘Dartmouth Green Partnerships entered 15 It’s Your Neighbourhood areas for the 2017 South West in Bloom awards, more than ever before, punching well above our weight for a small town,’ said DGP Chairman, Stevie Rogers. Certificates were awarded to the volunteers from residents, businesses and other organisations by the Mayor of Dartmouth, Richard Cooke at an event at the Clifton Room, in the Guildhall on Friday 17 November.
The results were impressive. Four achieved ‘Outstanding’, the highest level of the awards, and nine achieved ‘Thriving’, the next highest level. New entrants, the border beds at Coronation Park and the Castle Estate were classed as Advancing – both being at early stages of development.
It was a particularly difficult year for the awards said Stevie Rogers. ‘DGP chose not to enter the main SWIB awards because of the lack of maintenance of public spaces in Dartmouth. This did reflect on the scores of some of the IYNs notably those on streets or in places where weeds had not been cleared or general maintenance was below standard.
‘Despite these difficulties the results show a high standard of care for the local environment and pride of place amongst many different groups in Dartmouth. Our IYN entrants can be really proud of their achievements. I hope we will be able to enter even more places next year’.
Dartmouth Mayor, Richard Cooke said: ‘I am delighted with the high level of achievement in these awards.’ He added: ‘I apologise for the limbo in terms of who is looking after our green spaces. South Hams District Council has done well in the past but limited resources means it now has to focus on essential services, and parks and gardens are non-statutory.
‘Hopefully the asset transfer will be completed soon, once the solicitors have completed their work. We have a business plan for the Coronation Park, Royal Avenue Gardens and the Castle Estate to get them into good shape.’
The results are listed below:
The Old Market Square (Thriving)
Foss Street and Anzac Street (Outstanding)
Brownies Community Gardening (Thriving)
The Community Greenhouse and Potager (Outstanding)
Higher St and Smith St (Thriving)
Part of Castle Estate and Warfleet ‘Castle Street’ (Advancing)
Old Dartmothians Beds (Thriving)
Welcome Beds (Thriving)
Milton Lane Allotments (Outstanding)
Mariners’ Homes (Thriving)
Dartmouth Community Orchard (Thriving)
Royal Avenue Gardens Volunteer Beds (Thriving)
Anchor Bed (Outstanding)
Coronation Park (Advancing)
Holdsworth House (Thriving)
SWIB Judges provide Feedback sheets for each IYN with their comments based on Community Participation scoring up to 40%, Environmental Responsibility scoring up to 30% and Gardening Achievement scoring up to 30%.
Level 5 Outstanding has a score of more that 86%
Level 4 Thriving has a score of 69-85%
Level 3 Advancing has a score of 53-68%
Level 2 Improving has a score of 36-52%
Level 1 Establishing has a score of 0-35%