A golden party for Dunstable In Bloom team

Dunstable In Bloom awards.
Dunstable In Bloom awards.

Dunstable In Bloom held its very own awards evening at The Vale Academy.

The organisation entered this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition, the results of which were announced on September 12, as the town was delighted to win Gold for the seventh time in nine years.

The town was looking beautiful for the judges.

The town was looking beautiful for the judges.

Dunstable In Bloom members then gathered together on September 20 to accept their awards.

Hugh Garrod, chairman of Dunstable In Bloom, said: “We were pleased to welcome about one hundred people, including the Town Mayor, Councillor John Kane.

“The main benefit our work is to make our town a more pleasant place to visit and in which to live and work.

“It is, however, gratifying to achieve success in the annual Anglia In Bloom competition.”

The major winners were: The Old Sugar Loaf in the commercial premises category, David Rooney - best allotment, Westfield Nursery - best planted wheelbarrow, Grove House Gardens - Gold, medium sized parks category, Dunstable Cemetery - Gold in its category, and Priory Gar dens - best public open space in the whole of East Anglia.

For school awards, St. Augustine’s Academy was Highly Commended while Watling School, The Vale Academy and Weatherfield Academy were joint winners.

Priory View Roof Top Garden came first in the new category of best Dunstable community garden and received the shield which was donated by Long Live Dunstable. Tracy McMenamin was judged to have the best hanging basket, while Betty Tapner had the best container and Joyce West won the best front garden competition.