Friday, 28 July 2017 20:20

Torrington in Bloom - 2017 so far!

Written by  Cherry Hammon - Torrington in Bloom
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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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