Thames and Chilterns in Bloom 2016: the results

Good morning everyone,

A long but rewarding day in St. Mary’s Church, Old Amersham yesterday.

The bones are….. for Thames and Chilterns in Bloom: Silver Gilt award 84% (83% last year).  Judges comments all very positive and include….” Wokingham in Bloom is a true catalyst, bringing the community together, instilling pride of place and making Wokingham a better place, keep up the good work as gold is not far away”.

Amersham won the large town category as last year. It is the only representative of the region in the 2016 national finals, judged in the next few weeks.  Good luck to Amersham! 

…..for the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards:                                            15Bloom judging day 21.07.16

Incredible Edible: thriving

Pavilions Border: thriving

Wokingham Library project: thriving

Cockpit Path community garden: outstanding

Our IYN schemes scored consistently higher than the vast majority of others.

The assessed levels are:

1) establishing

2) improving

3) advancing

4) thriving

5) outstanding

Of the 60+ ITN schemes across Thames and Chilterns I believe only three achieved outstanding.  In addition the community garden group received a National Certificate of Distinction for 2016 from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Also Hawthorns School received a ‘highly commended’ award in the Mark Mattock Schools’ Challenge.  Bloom was nominated for a regional award for community involvement but was pipped at the post by Amersham.  I have attached the judges and assessors remarks and scores for your perusal (I don’t have same for Pavilions Border).

Overall the hard work and commitment of all the volunteers has been properly recognised for both Bloom and IYN.

Please share this good news as widely as you can.

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