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High hopes for Swale as judges visit Sittingbourne

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To say that Sittingbourne did really well at last years RHS South, South East in Bloom Awards would be, to put it mildly, understating matters somewhat. With a gold in the large town category, a gold for the best country park and best single floral display in the whole Region Sittingbourne topped all expectations last year.
RHS south, south east regional judges Irene Seijo and William Gould recently visited Sittingbourne to see all the horticultural, environmental and community work that has taken place in the town over the last year.

Hopeful of repeating success, Swale in Bloom Coordinator, Ali Corbel told us “I thought the day went really well and the judges seemed very pleased with all they saw. There are so many things going on around the town that it was hard to fit it all in, especially as it was one of the hottest days of the year.”

“Thanks must go to all our volunteers who pulled out all the stops to show what’s been going on throughout the year and to make the judging day run smoothly.”

The judge's busy schedule included a walk up the high street and central Avenue, taking in the library garden before continuing to Holy Trinity parish hall Garden at Green Porch close where they also visit Milton creek country park.

The tour then continued visiting Regis Gate extra care scheme garden, the Bob Fowler community allotment, and drive by the front gardens in Hobarts gardens – last year’s winners.

Finally, the judges took in Riddles Road allotments, King George V playing fields, Eden village local residents planting and the schools competition bed.

Ali Corbel said “Fingers crossed for September when the awards will be announced- it would be fabulous to achieve another gold in the midst of the regeneration.”

“Thanks must also go to Ideas test for welcoming us and to the library for providing parking for our judges.”

Andy Hudson


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