Success blooms yet again for town and community groups

Ruth Growney with Gold Award (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Ruth Growney with Gold Award (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Everything in the garden was rosy for Crawley when the town earned gold at the South and South East In Bloom awards.

Community was the key when it came to Crawley’s success and judges praised the borough council’s Let’s FACE It! scheme as “one of the best examples anywhere”.

The town was awarded gold in the small city category at a ceremony in Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday (September 11).

In addition to the gold award, residents in Boswell Road, Tilgate, Bolney Court in Bewbush and Three Bridges Forum competed against each other in the Champion of Champions section of the It’s Your neighbourhood Awards.

All received certificates and Boswell Road received a Certificate of National Recognition from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Cllr Duncan Crow, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in making this yet another fantastic year at the South and South East in Bloom Awards.

“We’re proud of the horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation, not least Let’s FACE it!, in Crawley – three big reasons why we continue to be successful at these prestigious awards.

“These awards reflect the hard work, dedication and creativity of our staff and enthusiastic volunteers.”

Sharon Ottley, of the Boswell Road Residents’ Group was delighted when she and her neighbours received the Certificate of National Recognition.

She praised the community spirit which has risen during the four years group has been working together to make the area more attractive.

She said: “The plants are beautiful and all that but the greatest thing that’s come out of this is all the neighbourly feeling. A lot of people can’t garden but they do other things like litter picking and manning the tea table.

“Every one does a little bit and it all comes together.”

And she thanked one person in particular, adding: “A lot of it is down to Ruth Growney because without her this would not have happened.”