Lytham in Bloom celebrate another Gold Award as the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2018 are announced!
Hosted by the City of Belfast at the Waterfront Centre, on Friday 19th October, this year’s Britain in Bloom awards ceremony was a spectacular affair.
'In Bloom' organisations from across the British Isles gathered in eager anticipation of gaining an award at this year’s impressive venue - and a delegation from Lytham was on hand too!
Lytham's Bloomers were competing in the hotly contested Small Coastal Town category - facing stiff competition from all across Britain - from East Haven in Scotland to Filey in Yorkshire, Fishguard in Wales and St Clement in Jersey to name a few.
LIB's loyal volunteers have put a huge amount of effort into their Britain in Bloom campaign this year - including community awards, the return of Herbert - Lytham's Green Man, a brand new Apothecary Garden, lots of work with local schools and endless rounds of watering to ensure Lytham shone for residents, visitors and judges alike. And the judges were duly impressed - giving Lytham another Gold medal to add to the trophy cabinet!
LIB's new Chairman Susan Evans said: "We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Gold award from the RHS, and Gold in all of the categories we were marked on. My thanks go to the Lytham in Bloom committee members and volunteers, and especially to Carol Wildon - my predecessor - for all their hard work this year. Considering the very long, dry, hot spell which was quite difficult to manage, I believe we kept the town looking at its best for all to see - and all that hard work was definitely worth it!"
Lytham achieved Gold Standard in all four judging categories and the judges said: "Lytham set such a constantly high standard that there is nothing we can reasonably criticise! At this level, all we can do is praise your efforts and point out some tiny areas that you may wish to give further attention".
“This maintains our proud record,” said out-going Chairman Carol Wildon. Established 20 years ago, Lytham in Bloom won Champion of Champions in 2013. “Every year since then we have won Gold. It has been an amazing run and I cannot thank all the volunteers, committee members and sponsors enough for all their dedication, hard work and support. Lytham is a special place and we are all proud to be involved in keeping it that way.”
Carol - whose three year term as Chairman came to an end this year - was understandably delighted. "It is always nice to go out on a high. These past twenty years have provided much satisfaction as we continued to learn and progress. I still can’t believe how successful we have been. Lytham in Bloom has been like a second family to me.”
Carol, who is leaving Lytham after 20 years to relocate to the Isle of Wight to be closer to her family, will miss Lytham and all her friends and colleagues. But in typical fashion, she is determined to settle in to life on the Isle of Wight just as she has in Lytham. Lytham’s loss is the Isle of Wight’s gain and we all wish her well in her new adventure.
In-coming Chairman Susan Evans led the delegation to Belfast and is already at work with the Lytham in Bloom committee planning activity for the year ahead!