Over 200 invited guests gathered at the Hallmark Hotel, Durley Chine Road, on the evening of Wednesday 12th October for the 2016 Bournemouth in Bloom Awards Ceremony which were presented by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Eddie Coope.
This years competition had an 84 % increase of people taking part from across the Borough and encompassed entries for both ‘Residential’ and ‘Commercial’ categories. Although the schools presentation had taken place in July at the Bournemouth Council Chamber recognition of the overall winner, Bishop of Winchester Academy, Oliver Beeby, received a shield of honour on behalf of the school for its achievement. Other schools which received awards were Hillview Primary School for the painting competition which was for ‘A Bournemouth Garden fit for the Queen’ and St. Michael’s School for their contribution to the ‘Community Growth’ Project in Durley Chine Road.
Chris Colledge, Chairman of Bournemouth in Bloom said
It is excellent that so many schools have taken part in this years schools competition and most appropriate that they are represented at the main awards ceremony as our young people are the horticulturalists of tomorrow.
Special awards were presented to the Savoy Hotel, West Cliff, for their sponsorship of Bournemouth’s entry into the South and South East in Bloom Competition and the Miramar Hotel for their sponsorship of Bournemouth being a finalist in the Britain in Bloom Competition.
For the first time the Echo sponsored an award for a member of the Bournemouth Parks Team who had contributed significantly to the Borough by their dedication and outstanding achievement. The award was presented to Chris Evans whose horticultural knowledge and work is of merit both locally and nationally.
The evening also included the launch of a Bournemouth in Bloom Membership Card which will include special discounts and benefits from selected businesses.
Closing remarks by the Chairman were to thank everyone for all their hard work which had contributed to the magnificent floral displays that had been shown during the ceremony. They were indeed an inspiration for next years planning and provide a source of encouragement for even more people to enter the Bournemouth in Bloom 2017 Competition.