Town Awards 2013

Town Awards 2013

The town’s floral displays gardens and green spaces were judged by the Committee of Dartmouth Green Partnerships which awarded prizes in 10 categories and two special awards (see below). The awards took place at the AGM on Friday 7 March 2014 at the Guildhall. More than 60 people applauded the efforts of shops, businesses, pubs, and residential areas to make their gardens and properties look good with planting displays. Cups, shields and crystal bowls were among the prizes.

Group photograph of the winners from left, back row –  David Gent of Churchill Court (William Counter Cup, Best Sheltered Housing); Mr and Mrs Manning of 111 Britannia Avenue (Britannia Shield for Best front Garden, Residential); Beverly Baker of 25 Townstal Crescent for Best Container Display (Residential); Deborah Bemrose for Dart Marina Hotel (Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Hotel); Anzac Street/St Saviour’s Square/Seven Stars (Chairman’s Shield for Best Locality); Rebecca Major of the Seven Stars (Dartmouth Britain in Bloom Shield for Best Public House or Club – Seven Stars shared with the Windjammer); Martin and Angela Cairns-Sharp of Valley House (Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Bed & Breakfast, and Mary Caton Rose Bowl for Best All Year Round display, Commercial). Front row from left: Andrew Otridge of 57 Britannia Avenue (Best Secret Garden, Residential); Jayne Murtagh, the Canvas Factory (White Rose Cup for Best Display, Shops & Businesses); Martyn Major; Joe Murtagh, the Canvas Factory (Clause Seeds Rose Bowl for Best Overall Display, Commercial).

Group photograph of the winners from left, back row –
David Gent of Churchill Court (William Counter Cup, Best Sheltered Housing); Mr and Mrs Manning of 111 Britannia Avenue (Britannia Shield for Best front Garden, Residential); Beverly Baker of 25 Townstal Crescent for Best Container Display (Residential); Deborah Bemrose for Dart Marina Hotel (Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Hotel); Anzac Street/St Saviour’s Square/Seven Stars (Chairman’s Shield for Best Locality); Rebecca Major of the Seven Stars (Dartmouth Britain in Bloom Shield for Best Public House or Club – Seven Stars shared with the Windjammer); Martin and Angela Cairns-Sharp of Valley House (Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Bed & Breakfast, and Mary Caton Rose Bowl for Best All Year Round display, Commercial).
Front row from left: Andrew Otridge of 57 Britannia Avenue (Best Secret Garden, Residential); Jayne Murtagh, the Canvas Factory (White Rose Cup for Best Display, Shops & Businesses); Martyn Major; Joe Murtagh, the Canvas Factory (Clause Seeds Rose Bowl for Best Overall Display, Commercial).

The event was attended by Mayor Elect, Rob Lyon, Commander Jason Phillips, BRNC, and RHS assessor and mentor, John Goulden. Mr Lyon said: ‘I can see that you love what you do in the gardens. We will work closely with you and others for greater cohesion in the town and amongst councils.’

Commander Phillips said that the town and the college were very close and he was delighted that poppies will feature strongly in displays this year in remembrance of those who died in World War I. He was pleased that the award winning ship of flowers, which marked the BRNC’s 150th anniversary in 2013, will be re-created at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park display in July.

Dartmouth won gold in both local and national RHS Britain in Bloom competitions in 2013. Mr Goulden, who used to manage Royal Avenue Gardens in the 1980s explained how the RHS judges assess entries. Its Your Neighbourhood schemes were ‘the essence of bloom’ and community involvement. He was thrilled that Townstal will enter for the first time under the new Pennant Award, especially as Townstal gardens won many of DGP’s town awards. He said that Britain in Bloom was not just about hanging baskets and bedding displays. These were part of our heritage, but not always appropriate, and judges were looking for more sustainable planting and for evidence of community involvement.

Chairman Stevie Rogers said that the change of name from Dartmouth in Bloom to Dartmouth Green Partnerships was to emphasise that ‘we work together with many other groups and that we are facilitators’. The gold winning success in 2013 was due to the efforts of the whole town.

She said that the theme for the year ahead was Growing for Gold using pollinators, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain in Bloom, and planting of poppy displays to commemorate the start of World War I. She hoped that Town Award winners and others will create displays around the themes. Townstal’s entry for the new Pennant award was an exciting challenge for 2014.

Stevie said that the new community greenhouse, which is being planned for the gardens with South Hams District Council, will become a Centre for Horticultural Excellence, and DGP will be fund raising for a new greenhouse.

There will be a major new event in the DGP calendar in 2014 – the first Midsummer Flower Festival is being planned for 21-22 June, in Royal Avenue Gardens and the Old Market, with a plant fair, environmental stalls, competitions and displays, a floral safari and folk dancing.

Treasurer Debbie Morris reported that DGP had ‘done more with less funds by reducing our costs and creating our own displays’. She thanked Sponsors and Friends for their important contributions, which she hoped would continue.

Martin and Angela Cairns-Sharp of Valley House  a won the Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Bed & Breakfast. They are pictured with Commander Jason Phillips BRNC and Mayor Elect Rob Lyon

Martin and Angela Cairns-Sharp of Valley House a won the Dartmouth in Bloom Shield for Best Bed & Breakfast. They are pictured with Commander Jason Phillips BRNC and Mayor Elect Rob Lyon

Chairman Stevie Rogers said: ‘This year people in the town  made an exceptional effort to make their homes and businesses look good, many echoing our theme of hot colours and edible plants and taking into account sustainability as we have tried to do in our own displays. The whole committee was involved in the judging and was unanimous in agreeing the winners.’ Stevie said:’ We were very pleased to see so many new entrants for the awards as well as old favourites.

 

The standard was high and there were some very imaginative planting schemes.’  Overall, entrants were given extra points for self-made displays and baskets, and sustainability was important – saving water, re-using materials and plants, and mulching were good examples, boosting scores. Members of the committee decided that they would not include their own gardens and displays in the town judging this year and felt that it was important to encourage and reward new entrants.

Jayne and Joe Murtagh of the Canvas Factory  won theClause Seeds Rose Bowl for Best Overall Display, Commercial. They are pictured with Commader Jason Phillips BRNC and Mayor Elect Rob Lyon

Jayne and Joe Murtagh of the Canvas Factory won theClause Seeds Rose Bowl for Best Overall Display, Commercial. They are pictured with Commader Jason Phillips BRNC and Mayor Elect Rob Lyon

 

 

 

 

LIST OF THE WINNERS

B&B Guest House/Hotel 1. Valley House 2. Avondale 3. Charity House

Best Display, Shops & Businesses 1. Canvas Factory 2. Gem Shop 3. Simon Drew

Best Pub/ Club  Joint first:  Seven Start & Windjammer 2. Crab & Bucket                            3. Floating Bridge

Best Sheltered House/Nursing Home etc. 1. Churchill Court 2. King’s Quay                   3. Holdsworth House

Best Container Display, Residential  1. 25 Townstal Crescent 2. 9 Roseville Street       3. 11 Coombe Road

Best Secret Garden, Residential 1. 57 Britannia Avenue 2. 55 South Ford Road               3. 111 Britannia Avenue

Best Front Garden, Residential 1. 111 Britannia Avenue 2. 76 Britannia Avenue           3. 43 Davis Road

Best Overall Display, Commercial  The Canvas Factory, Foss Street

Best All Year Round, Commercial  Valley House, Victoria Road

 Special Award, Commercial Dart Marina Hotel

Special Award, Residential Britannia Avenue/ Ivatt Road Area

Photos of some of the winners below:

Anzac Street:St SavioursWindjammerValley HouseSimon DrewSeven StarsGem ShopFloating BridgeDart MarinaCrab & BucketAvondale25 Townstal Crescent9 Roseville StreetCanvas Factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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