Dazzling blooms help town to Silver Gilt award

BLOOMIN’ marvellous! Hailsham has clinched a coveted Silver Gilt award after dazzling the South & South East in Bloom judges.

The town was given the prize during a recent ceremony in Fareham. The success, in what is only Hailsham’s fourth year of competition, is being celebrated locally as a major achievement.

Hailsham was awarded the certificate in the large town category in recognition of the efforts made by Hailsham In Bloom volunteers to complete a number of horticultural projects during the past 12 months.

Among factors which particularly impressed the judges were the newly-constructed Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden in Western Road and the Hailsham In Bloom plant nursery, installed on the Orchard Park site off Grovelands Road earlier this year,.

The judging panel was also bowled over by the town centre floral displays and high level of contribution from local businesses and younger members of the community.

Hailsham In Bloom chairman, Councillor Richard Grocock, was delighted with the award. On behalf of fellow members and volunteers, he said, “This is a wonderful result and a fabulous ending to a year’s worth of sizeable projects of benefit to the Hailsham community.

“Getting excellent results in our category is no mean feat. Awards are not given lightly - this Silver Gilt is an outstanding achievement and a real testament to how Hailsham In Bloom has worked with residents, businesses and schools to make our town one we are justifiably proud of.”

Town Mayor Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor, also a member of Hailsham In Bloom, added, “Once again Hailsham has received good results in this competition.

“To reach Silver-Gilt standard is a real achievement. I’d like to express my gratitude to each and everyone who helped make the town look its best for the judges’ tour in July.”

Hailsham In Bloom has several new projects lined up, details of which will be discussed at the meeting at the Town Council offices in Market Street on Wednesday, September 26. All are welcome - more details on 01323 841702 or visit www.hailshaminbloom.org.