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MELKSHAM Bloomers put the town on the map again last week as they were awarded Gold for the fourth year running in the South West in Bloom competition run by the Royal Horticulture Society.
The Melksham team picked up Gold in the Portman Cup, while smaller groups also found success in their categories.
To mark the celebrations, Melksham Town Hall was lit up in Gold overnight.
Mayor, cllr Jon Hubbard said, “I am so proud of the Melksham Bloom Team who have done such an outstanding job again this year and have brought yet another Gold award back to Melksham. This team of volunteers, working alongside our own town council amenities team perform miracles every year to transform our wonderful town and they deserve every credit for the phenomenal job that they do.
“Thank you to each and every one of them, and I know that they would be delighted to have new members join their friendly team and help bring back many more Golds for our town.”
Bloomer, Terri Welsh added, “We’re delighted to have won gold because it’s been an odd year. But we, in Bloom, feel that we have encouraged the people of Melksham to feel positive about the future.
“We’d like to thank the Town Tidy people that come out every month to keep the town looking good as well as all the external groups that help Bloom do what we do best, such as the Beavers.
“We’re always on the look-out for helpers so please do get involved for next year’s planting season.”
Other gardeners from the area were also recognised for their green fingers.
The Bear was awarded third place in the Shaun Cregan Trophy – Best Public House.
Jo Bayliss’s Upcycled Garden at Waitrose was the overall winner of the Gordon Ford trophy and the Best in the Southwest, as well as her usual ‘Outstanding’ award in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) category.
Also in the IYN category, The Conigre Mead Nature Reserve, Church Walkers and The Friends Garden were all given level 5 (the highest) commendation, while Woodcombe Street Community, Riverside Walk Restoration and Blooming Corner were awarded level 4.