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South Winchester village takes home national bloom award
IT SEEMS not all is withering for Winchester’s bloom, after a small village took home an award from a national competition.
Earlier this month (September 11), members of the Compton and Shawford parish attended the prestigious South and South East in Bloom awards evening in Tunbridge Wells to receive silver gilt for best large village despite having only entered for the first time.
The idea was put forward to the parish council in spring. Since then the whole community had worked together to achieve the recognised status, with a special effort made by local school children who raised allotments in preparation for the judges’ visit in July.
The entry was submitted following a recommendation of a trustee for South and South East in Bloom, Susan Smith, who suggested the parish enter after having seen the website.
Members of the horticultural society, council, sports teams and schools pulled together to create a haven worthy of an award, planting over 400 hedgerow saplings and creating a wildflower meadow, to encompass the South and South East in Bloom’s campaign on sustainable living.
Una Stevens, chairman of Compton and Shawford Parish Council, said: “Our judging notes stated ‘Compton and Shawford is truly a sustainable community, which quietly enhances the visitor experience, without the visitor being aware of the work that takes place behind the scenes. A great first time entry, with the potential to achieve gold.’ That is exactly what I would like us to do.”
Ms Stevens said she hopes their achievement can encourage others to do more and praised Winnall’s Golden Lion for their efforts (as reported in the Chronicle September 12).
“Looking to the future, the “Withering end to Winchester in Bloom” could well be short-lived,” Mrs Stevens said. “I really hope so.”
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