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South & South East in Bloom 2012

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Gold Medal. Almonry Gardens, High Street, Battle.
Entered into the Small Park class. This was a strong class of 22 entrants and to achieve Gold status was very satisfying for the Beautiful Battle Volunteers. 2012 has been a difficult year for horticulture with strong winds and rain and critical times.  Slugs and snails have been very prevalent and in late August the nasturtiums were attacked by caterpillars. 
The hanging baskets in the Courtyard, together with the olive tree, tomatoes and runner beans in pots contributed to an overall hugely attractive display.

 

Silver Gilt. Battle Cemetery in Marley Lane, Battle. 

This is a large area and was entered for the first time this year into the SEIB competition. The cemetery is the headquarters of the the Town Council ground force team and it is from here that Gary, Adrian and Andrew embark on their daily coverage of most things horticultural in Battle. The large rain water collection tank outside the Chapel contributes enormously during the summer watering period of all the baskets, tubs and troughs throughout the town. The wildflower aspect of the cemetery is especially notable with a notable display flowers and orchids in the early summer. It is always a debateable point as to how much cutting and mowing to do whilst at the same time encouraging the abundant wildlife. A sanitised cemetery....or a thriving ecological area? That is the question and the clever bit is to achieve both objectives.
 

Siver Gilt. Small Town in East Sussex and the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. 

There were seven entries in this class and not one achieved the Gold standard. A careful examination of the marking sheet, plus the judges comments, will enable us to improve our entry for 2013.  Abbey Court must be singled out as an eyecatching entry into the High Street from the car park off Mount Street.  Extra tubs and troughs will be addded to those already existing in the town.  The Green, in front of the Abbey Gatehouse, is always a focal point in our town and this year it was complemented not only by the magnificent display of baskets at the Post Office but also the display on the Abbey Hotel.  The Pilgrims garden, in front of the Pilgrims Rest coffee shop, is eyecatching and provides an excellent seating area for those about to visit the Abbey. There are few "green spaces" as such in the town itself with the notable exception of the Diamond Jubillee garden at the Ambulance and Fire Staion complex which provides a calm and beautiful sitting area.
 

It's Your Neighbourhood. Saxonwood Court off Market Square, Battle.

This really is a haven of tranquility and the residents can be justly proud of what they have achieved. It is an established garden and was marked as outstanding in this class.

South & South East in Bloom 2011