Newquay was looking its best for South West in Bloom judging on Thursday. Pictured, judges Jane Pagano and Ian Murphy meeting volunteers Bob Ollier and Barbara Hannan and Brian Nicholas of Cornwall Council. PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS
14th July 2021
By Warren Wilkins
Newquay was looking its best for South West in Bloom judging on Thursday. Newquay In Bloom Partnership took judges Ian Murphy and Jane Pagano to see the sights on board the land train in glorious sunshine.
Residents and businesses did their bit to ensure their frontages were litter- and weed free to help impress the judges.
Volunteers also helped to pick up rubbish along the route, which took in the various public spaces Newquay in Bloom has helped to spruce up, such as the Mount Wise roundabout.
They also visited areas improved by businesses and organisations, which include Cormac’s gardening and grass-cutting teams, Newquay Town Council’s environment team, Newquay Business Information District and waste contractors Biffa.
The tour started at Hendra Tourist Park and visited Trevemper along the Gannel, then went through the town past the Atlantic Hotel and Huer’s Hut to the town centre and the Killacourt.
The route then took the judges on the land train past the Dinard Garden, Barrowfields and Chester Road to Newquay Zoo. The journey finished at Trenance Heritage Cottages after a walk through the Rose Garden and Trenance Gardens.
The judges also visited three “It’s Your Neighbourhood” projects during the tour, which included The Friends of the Huer’s Hut, Newquay Discovery Trail and Trenance Heritage Cottages. The Newquay in Bloom Partnership said the community based projects which aim to enhance small areas, improve the environment or preserve the heritage of Newquay give an idea of the strong community involvement that is a feature of the town.
Fourteen It’s Your Neighbourhood projects have been part of Newquay’s entry this year. Newquay will be going for gold in the regional horticulture competition for a record 11th year. The town is also in the prestigious “champion of champions” category this year.
Newquay in Bloom secretary Lesley Friel said: “The sun came out so Newquay was looking its very best. “The land train was comfortable, convenient and allowed the judges to see more and safely.
“At the end of the tour the judges said how impressed they had been by the town and community.
“At Hendra Tourist Park, Jane Pagano noted several improvements there since her last judging visit in 2018. “
“They both made many favourable comments during the tour and in particular about the new planting at Mount Wise Roundabout, Harbour Heights, where we showed them the newly completed murals, at the Killacourt, Trenance Gardens and the Rose Garden. “
“They were most interested in what Mick Lammas had to say about the birdlife on the Gannel, the history of the Huer’s Hut, where we met the custodian, Jon Goodman, and Newquay Zoo, where Dave Folland explained how the planting and vegetation there contributes to a vital green corridor stretching from the Gannel up the valley as far as Nansledan.”
“We are most grateful to everyone who played a part in ensuring the success of the tour, which include the Bloom team, Cormac’s gardening and grass cutting teams, Newquay Town Council’s environment team, Newquay BID, Biffa, The Garden Cafe at Trenance, Mark Hadrell on the land train and all the wonderful people we met on the tour.”