Golden Days for Chesham in Bloom

Chesham in Bloom receiving their awards

From L to R: Dean Dodson, Chairman Allen Tilbury, Angus Dodson, Mayor Cllr Noel Brown, Vince Crompton and Cllr Mohammad Fayyaz with the Chesham in Bloom awards

Chesham has once again scooped a prestigious Gold Award in the Royal Horticultural Society Thames & Chilterns in Bloom competition. The volunteer-led campaign also saw Chesham being named the Best Large Town in the region for the fifth year running. The team was delighted to get a further award for best Business Involvement thanks to the sponsorship that the Chesham in Bloom campaign receives from a variety of local firms, plus the excellent floral displays put on by local pubs and shops. And Waterside School was named the best school in the region and awarded the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Award. Lowndes Park was judged in the separate Parks and Open Spaces award, and won a Silver Gilt, with particular praise being given to the high impact floral displays created by Chesham Town Council, who manage the park.

This is the third year running that Chesham has received the Gold Award, but the team were pleased that they have continued to improve, with a higher score than last year. Chesham in Bloom members were accompanied by Town Mayor Cllr Noel Brown, to the awards ceremony held in Amersham. Cllr Brown said, “It is tremendous to see the rewards for so much hard work and imagination”. The Thames and Chiltern RHS judges commended Chesham in Bloom for generating an exceptional level of interest, support and involvement from all sectors of the community. They said, “Chesham in Bloom goes from strength to strength, with so many working together to protect, enhance and improve the town. Very well done to all those involved.”

In a first for this year, residents from the Broadlands Avenue area and Larks Rise entered the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards, which were given out by the RHS on the same day. This national campaign supports community groups in cleaning and greening up their immediate local environment. In caring for their neighbourhoods, Broadlands Avenue residents have been involved in tree planting, painting railings and bulb planting, whilst Larks Rise residents created a new communal garden area with the help of Chesham in Bloom volunteers. The Broadlands team was given an “Establishing” neighbourhood award, whilst Larks Rise was deemed to be a “Thriving” neighbourhood.

All these fantastic results will be a cause for celebration at the Chesham in Bloom AGM and Prize-Giving evening, to which any interested member of the public is welcome. The event takes place at Chesham Town Hall on the 29th September from 7.30pm. The Chesham in Bloom chairman Allen Tilbury, who will be stepping down at the AGM, will pay tribute to the dedication of his team of volunteers. He said, “Thank you to all the volunteers for their perseverance, enthusiasm, physical effort and time given to Chesham”.

If you would like to find out more about the Chesham in Bloom campaign, please contact Kathryn Graves on policy@chesham.gov.uk or call 01494 583798.