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Results of South West in Bloom, 5 October 2017


Best Garden Competition 11 October 2017


What a fantastic set of results for Torrington at the South West in Bloom Regional Finals day, held in Torquay on the 5 October; the town was awarded another Silver-Gilt certificate which means we are maintaining our standards to a very high degree.  Not only that, but two of our It’s Your Neighbourhood groups received the highest accolade within the category, which was Outstanding for the Secret Memorial Garden and for the S&G flowerbed (cared for by Torrington Horticultural Society).  Our third It’s Your Neighbourhood award was an Establishing given to the Tarka Valley Railway group for the work they have done restoring the old coal dock area – this is quite a new part of the whole area and can only improve year on year.

We are absolutely thrilled with these awards because they are fully deserved considering the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into maintaining such high standards.

Next year, we would like to see further community involvement (It’s Your Neighbourhood groups), particularly with younger people and this is something we shall be promoting in the near future.

Now for the results of the Best Garden competition.  Yet again, this was a hotly contested competition, with occasionally only one or two points separating the overall winner from the nearest rival!  Sarah Chesters spent some time contemplating each category and awarding points – it wasn’t easy!  Anyway, without further ado, here are the winners:

Best display by shop, etc                             Dartington Crystal                                                       

Best Public House, Club, etc                       Torrington Conservative Club

Best House no front garden                         88 New Street

Best Community group                                1 & 3 Stoneman’s Lane

Best Large Garden                                      88 New Street

Best Small Garden                                      88 New Street

Young Gardener of the Year                        11 Greenbank Close (Jaxon Jake Wilton)

Tony Welch award - Best Overall entry       88 New Street (Adam Buckeridge) 

Well done everybody and thank you for helping Torrington retain Silver-Gilt status.

Cherry Hammon, Chair

Torrington in Bloom 

Tel: 01805 625788


Best Display by Shop - Dartington Crystal:


Best Public House/Club - Conservative Club:


Best House No Front Garden - 88 New Street:


 Best Community Group - 1 & 3 Stoneman's Lane:


Best Large Garden - 88 New Street:


Best Small Garden - 88 New Street:


Young Gardener of the Year - 11 Greenbank Close:


Best Overall Entry - 88 New Street:







Firstly, a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped make our lovely little town look spic and span for the Britain in Bloom judges’ visit on the 5 July.  I can report that the judges were impressed with our efforts and a comment was made that St Michael and all Angels churchyard was one of the best they had ever seen.  Hopefully, if the renovation work continues, this can be entered for an It’s Your Neighbourhood award next year. 

Torrington Horticultural Society showed the judges their work on the S&G flowerbed at the junction of Well Street and New Road, and the Secret Memorial Garden looked splendid in the summer sunshine and thank you to Sue who almost wore herself into the ground cutting the box hedges for us.  I may well owe her a large glass of Pimms!

We also visited the Tarka Valley Railway to show them the renovation work being undertaken around the old coal dock area (I don’t know a man who doesn’t like looking at trains and particularly at model setups!).  A big thank you to Jan Welch for her patience, because we were running rather late by then!

Next, the judging of our Best Garden competition is on the 27th with myself and Sarah Chesters exploring the town.  Thank you to Keeley Allin for driving us around and taking the photographs.  We have had a few new entries this year as well.  

The results for both these competitions won’t be known until at least October, but I can give you the results of our Potato Growing competition.  We visited the school to present the new awards, sponsored by RHS Garden Rosemoor.  Our Town Mayor, Sue Mills, presented the prizes to:

Gold       Tilly Thorne          1,604 grammes

Silver      Evie Holloway       1,135 grammes

Bronze    Madison Harding   1,030 grammes

A special prize was awarded to Abby Thorne for the largest potatoes grown, two at 600 grammes total!

The children’s efforts were very good, although down on last year but we blamed this on difficult growing conditions with late frosts, and the very hot weather in June. 

On the 27 July, Sarah Chesters, Val Knight and I toured the town judging the Best Garden competition.  We were on the go from 9.15am to 5.15pm, with just a short break for lunch!  However, we saw a wide range of gardens, great and small, some of which were truly magnificent!  We were especially pleased to visit a few gardens where small children were involved in growing their own vegetables, (a tomato plant growing in a Wellington boot just one effort!), making a bird box, even to keeping a small area for ‘nature’.  Well done everyone who participated – it’s going to be quite difficult to decide the winner in several categories!

Cherry Hammon, Chair

Torrington in Bloom Association

TEL: 01805 625788