It’s been a nervous wait but we’ve now found out how we did in Wales in Bloom and it’s “Gold” for Wrexham city.
The announcement was made at this year’s Wales in Bloom Awards Ceremony hosted in Denbigh.
When the judges visited Wrexham they started their route in Holt where residents made a fantastic effort to impress the judges, then onto the Industrial Estate to see the fantastic work that FCC had done around their waste site creating ponds, bee hives, installing solar panels even finding a rare orchid variety. From there they went on to Rhosnesni High School where they saw their sensory garden and newly built allotment before finishing in the City centre.
As well as Holt being included in the City Category Holt itself were awarded the top Gold Award in the Large Village category in the 2023 Wales in Bloom competition. Bob Campbell from the Holt Community Gardens said that it had been a fantastic community effort in which our whole village can be proud of.
They also entered other categories in the It’s your Neighbourhood scheme: The Cross – Level 4, thriving, Village Entrance and Copse –Level 5, Outstanding, Allotments – Level 5, Outstanding and they were also awarded The National Certificate of Distinction.
Along with other categories there were also 6 Wales in Bloom Community Champion Certificates awarded one of which was given to Kevin Whitehead of Rhosnesni High School, judges were impressed with the Sensory Garden at Rhosnesni High School and said it was an outstanding highlight during the Wrexham judging tour this summer. Judges stated that Kevin had played an exceptional role in both inspiring, and supporting the pupils, with the design and delivery of this remarkable garden.
“Another successful year for Wales in Bloom”
In closing Peter Barton Price, Chair of Wales in Bloom said, ‘2023 has been another successful year for Wales in Bloom with us seeing even more entries and ever increasing standards.
“Our judges and Assessors have certainly been kept busy this year traveling the length and breadth of Wales, meeting with a diverse range of people and amazing groups throughout their visits. You are all to be congratulated in the success and triumphs you have achieved and continue to deliver.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Environment, said, “I would like to thank the team of Council staff that worked hard to ensure the floral displays looked their best and that the City centre was clean and tidy.
“We would also like to thank Holt Community Gardeners, Rhosnesni High School, FCC and the Wrexham Litter Pickers for all of their hard work.”
Cllr Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, said, The city looked ablaze with colour and the planting schemes have had a very positive impact making it a great experience for visitors shopping, socialising or coming to the many city centre events that are held during the summer months. It has also made the city a more bright and welcoming experience to our many tourists who visit from the uk and across the world.
My personal thanks go out to everyone involved for their achievements who have worked tirelessly on this resulting in a very worthy Gold award and best overall in category from the wales in bloom judges who were very complimentary towards our work undertaken.
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