Awards recognise green-fingered residents

Worthing in Bloom award winners (L to R) Tom Hart Dyke, Sharon Clarke, Paul Holden, Chris Collins
Worthing in Bloom award winners (L to R) Tom Hart Dyke, Sharon Clarke, Paul Holden, Chris Collins

GARDENERS from Worthing scooped four prestigious awards at this year’s South and South East in Bloom ceremony earlier this month.

The judges look at each entry’s horticulture and gardening efforts, approach to environmental responsibility and community participation.

Worthing was recognised with a silver gilt award in the ‘heritage parks and gardens’ category; a silver award for in the ‘business improvement districts’ category; the Judge’s Award for Highdown Gardens as well as the ‘greener streets’ award for Worthing Town Centre.

Worthing town centre manager Sharon Clarke collected the Worthing Town centre awards at the ceremony at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium: “This recognises how much hard work and dedication goes into making Worthing a better place to live and work.”

South and South East in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year. Participating communities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit there today and in the future. In the past 15 years the competition has judged more than 3,000 gardens, parks and other outside spaces.

Bloom chairman Peter Holman said: “The number of entrants has increased by 700 percent since the partnership began in 2000. Over that time we have helped change attitudes about the conservation of water and scarce resources.”

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