On Friday 27 October 2017, Silloth-on-Solway was awarded a Silver Gilt in the Coastal Town (upto 12k) category at the Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony which was held at Llandudno.
RHS judges visited the 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement.
Silloth was judged in August by Ian Beaney and Richard Budge.
“The dominating feature of Silloth has to be its impressive Green. This swathe of preserved open space was well maintained, with individual features such as the Storytelling Chair made by local woodcarvers, the water fountain and the Millennium Mosaic.”
“The protection of the grand open space of Silloth Green was commendable, as many such open spaces have suffered from disjointed development over the years. The security that the community has afforded to this important open space and the pride of place it enjoys should ensure its future for the town for many years to come.”
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped Silloth to Bloom again this year. The town has looked amazing which has been reinforced by all the positive comments we received from visitors and locals alike. It has taken a lot of work over many years to get the town looking as good as it does, with a lot of that work going on behind the scenes. Silloth is a wonderful place to live, work and play and with continued efforts by the Town Council, its staff, volunteers and local businesses, our town will continue to flourish.
Also representing Cumbria at Llandudno was Penrith BID, Dalston and Kendal. Penrith won the Business Improvement District (BID) category and was awarded a gold medal for their entry. Dalston was also awarded a gold medal in the Large Village category. Kendal was awarded a silver gilt in the Large Town category.
Cumbrian volunteers Joan Robinson and Liz Auld also received community champion awards in recognition of their contributions to their Bloom groups’ success.
Well done to everyone representing Cumbria!