Hereford in Bloom




Hereford in Bloom won a Silver Gilt award in  the Britain in Bloom competition, missing out on the coveted Gold award by just two points. The City’s Mayor, Cllr Brian Wilcox collected the award at a Heart of England in Bloom regional ceremony in King’s Heath, Birmingham.

Hereford re-entered the prestigious Bloom competition last year, winning a Silver award. But had hoped to re-gain the Gold medal status it held for four years before dropping out of the competition several years ago. The Silver Gilt was a step up on last year and brings the coveted Gold a step closer.

But the judges were full of praise for the wonderful red, white and blue floral displays created by the Bloom volunteers and the Amey gardening team to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip to Hereford on their Diamond Jubilee national tour in the summer. Special mention was made of the Jubilee carpet bedding at Castle Green depicting the Union Jack with a royal crown in its centre, the floral barrier boxes on the ring road and the multitude of gaily coloured hanging baskets on shop and office fronts around the city centre which have all made the city more attractive for its residents and thousands of visitors to the city this summer, particularly for the Three Choirs Festival.

Also commended by the judges were the efforts of the volunteer gardeners at the Cathedral and the art work of local school children whose  interpretations of a Hereford Bull have brightened up the hoardings now surrounding the old livestock market. Hereford in Bloom has developed partnerships with the likes of WyeVale nurseries, The Barrels, the Cathedral volunteer gardeners, the Model Railway and the Waterworks Museum at Broomy  Hill and Widemarsh Children’s Centre which is creating  exciting gardens for the children, all of whose efforts play a big part in meeting the criteria of Britain  in Bloom

In the  category for  Inns and Hotels ‘The Barrels’, the city’s lively community pub in St Owen’s Street run by Peter Amor, won  Gold for the creation of its outstanding garden in the pub’s backyard, which includes part of the old City Wall, and the Aylestone Court Hotel won Silver Gilt for another great effort in making their grounds attractive.

A spokesman for the Bloom group said: “A huge effort had been put in to ensure the city was ‘Fit For A Queen’ and it is disappointing to miss out so narrowly on a Gold medal, but apparently the judges spotted some litter and graffiti we had missed in the big clean-up ahead of judging day costing us those few vital points. We will be re- doubling our efforts for next year and are determined to regain the Gold status the city held a few years ago.

He also paid tribute to the support of both Herefordshire Council and the City Council and especially the gardening and highway cleaning teams at Amey for their sterling work in ensuring Hereford was in first class condition to welcome visitors this summer.