Torrington in Bloom

Torrington in Bloom (2)

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

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Torrington in Bloom - 2016 Results

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Britain in Bloom – the Results

No-one can criticise us for being inconsistent!  At the Britain in Bloom results day at Taunton County Cricket Club, Great Torrington achieved Silver-Gilt again which was a very good result.  We were hoping to get a Gold this year because we had completed all our tasks we had listed but the judges on the day thought otherwise. 

There were also some It’s Your Neighbourhood awards for community groups, namely the Dartington Fields Residents’ Association, Tarka Valley Railway, First Torrington Rainbows and the Secret Memorial Garden, so well done and let’s see the good work continuing.

Particular praise was given to the cleanliness and tidiness of the town centre, the Conservative Club gardens, the new planters outside Sydney House and the sustainable planting of the flowerbeds at the entrance to the car park.  RHS Garden Rosemoor was praised for its community allotment scheme and our community gardening groups, such as the potato competition, best garden competition and the Rainbows.

We should feel some pride in our little town at our consistency and a big thank you to all of you who have supported Torrington in Bloom over the past year.


Torrington in Bloom  - Best Garden Awards

The Best Garden Awards competition was very closely fought again this year and as Chair of Torrington in Bloom, Cherry Hammon had to make an ‘executive decision’ because one group was tied for first place!  

Category 1 "Best Display Business/Shop" - Conservative Club

Category 2 "Best Display Public House/Club/Restaurant" - Conservative Club

Category 3 "Best Display No Front Garden" - Tarka Outdoor Pursuits

Category 4 "Best Display Group 3+ Properties" - Kitchener’s Row

Category 5 "Best Large Garden" - 88 New Street

Category 6 "Best Small Garden/courtyard/balcony" - Conservative Club 

Category 7 "Best Display Public Area" - Pannier Market (Vicarage Nursery)

Category 8 "Best Display Youth Group/Young Person under 18yrs" - 3rd Torrington Brownies

The Tony Welch Trophy for the "Best display from all categories" - 88 New Street 

These are excellent results again, with two new entries winning their respective categories, namely Tarka Outdoor Pursuits and 88 New Street.   Some lovely gardens and displays were seen on the day, keep up the good work – Torrington looks all the better for it!