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Silver award in bloom competition
THERE were mixed emotions at the South and South East in Bloom awards ceremony earlier this month as Salisbury won a silver gilt for the second year, but missed out on gold.
Mayor John Collier said: “On behalf of the city, I was pleased and proud to be able to collect our silver gilt award for 2012.
“Given the testing weather we have endured since spring it’s a credit to everyone involved with Salisbury in Bloom that we have been able to follow our silver gilt of 2011 with another – standards were, again, exceptionally high and we are well placed to shoot for a gold award next year.”
The competition is the regional section of Britain in Bloom, the Royal Horticultural Society campaign that sees more than 1,100 cities, towns and villages across Britain celebrate and champion their communities, environment and horticultural successes.
This year, the judges singled out the work of conservation volunteers and the second Milford Street mural for praise.
Areas for improvement included the creation of an In Bloom group, greater variety and sustainability in the planting of the city’s parks and higher standards of maintenance in the city’s parks and green spaces.