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St Helier shortlisted in the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition

St Helier shortlisted in the 2019 RHS Britain in Bloom competition

The Parish of St Helier is delighted to have been shortlisted in the ‘Champion of Champions’ category of the annual Britain in Bloom competition in recognition of its ‘exceptional past performance’, as well as winning Gold in last year’s Best Large Coastal Area category.

This year’s finalists are: Castlecaulfield, Durham, Kingsbridge and Perth.

‘This is a wonderful achievement’, says the Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, ‘which has come about as the result of a joint effort between the volunteer groups and the Parish’s park, refuse and street cleaning teams. It shows that St Helier is among the top performing large towns in the British Isles, both in terms of parks and gardens expertise of our staff and the all-round environmental quality of the Parish.’

The St Helier Community in Bloom group works with local residents and businesses to ensure that the town centre is vibrant and colourful from the Spring to the Autumn, and the Parish is grateful for the sponsorship it receives from local businesses, particularly so that its competitions, such as Best Residential Balcony, Best Bank, Best Al Fresco etc, can continue every year.

Main projects for 2019 include providing more areas for the teams, the community and school children to assist with wild flower plantings, continuing to target beach waste, engaging with the school groups entering the annual Green Fingers competition, and assisting to promote awareness on the Parish campaign that ‘cigarette butts are litter too’.

More initiatives will be introduced throughout the year, including building on last year’s success with the fruit trees and berries planted in the Town Church grounds and available to all.

The Parish will be judged in the local competition this year before the National Judges appear in late July/early August to judge the Champion of Champions Competition.

For more information please contact Tony Andrews, Director, Parks, Roads & Open Spaces, at anthony.andrews@posh.gov.je or 01534 811700, or Dale Hector, Chairman, St Helier Community in Bloom Group, at dalehector62@yahoo.co.uk or 07797 736663.