ROTHESAY scooped a silver prize in the annual Britain in Bloom awards ceremony on Sunday.
In Bute’s first ever entry in the UK-wide awards scheme, only class winner Whitby in north Yorkshire and ‘silver gilt’ recipients Grouville in Jersey and Tenby in north Wales were judged better than Rothesay in the ‘small coastal resort’ category, for towns with a population of less than 12,000.
Judges Mel Henley and John Woodward praised the quality of the plantings and glasshouse displays at Ardencraig, the lawns and borders of the Esplanade gardens, the make-over projects at Bridgend Street, the Watergate and the Lade, the imaginative re-use of waste materials and efforts to reduce dog fouling and cut down on marine litter on local beaches.
“A different way of life provides a delightful experience,” the judges wrote in their summing up of the town’s efforts.
“The Bloom campaign brings the efforts of many groups together. The hidden gem of Ardencraig is a joy to see and impressive work is done to educate children to understand and appreciate their environment and to take an active part in improving it.”
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