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Bloomin' good results for Swale

Friday 22 September

Local parks and gardens scoop regional awards

The hard work of an army of local volunteer gardeners was rewarded at the RHS South, South East in Bloom Awards on Wednesday.

Sittingbourne in Bloom won its first ever gold award in the large town category, joining Faversham who once again got the top award.

Milton Creek Country Park won a gold award and was named the best country park, with Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park also picking up a gold.

Sittingbourne in Bloom’s schools flower bed competition won gold, and was named overall winner in the single floral site award category.

Local schools and community groups across the borough also picked up a host of accolades, including Bapchild and Tonge Church of England Primary School being the overall winners of the schools art competition.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said:

"This was a fantastic night for local projects, and I’d like to warmly congratulate all those whose efforts brighten up their neighbourhood for everyone to enjoy.

"It’s wonderful to see projects being named best in the region, which is a great advert for the borough, and a just reward for all the hard work put in.

The awards took place at Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Gatwick on Wednesday, 20 September.

Local winners in the RHS South South East in Bloom Awards were:

Large Town Category:

Country Parks Category:

Large Park:

It’s your Neighbourhood: (local community groups)

Our School Community:

SSEIB schools art competition winners from:

Single Floral site Award:

The People’s Choice award for front gardens: Mr & Mrs E. Watson of Hobart Gardens Sittingbourne