The City of Exeter Goes for Gold

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The City of Exeter goes for Gold in the RHS Britain in Bloom SW competition being judged on Monday 9 July.   Our Royal Horticultural Society judges are:

Kim Parish, a national judge who has her own landscaping company in Cornwall

Ian Murphy, a regional judge and Chair of Portishead in Bloom.  Portishead are national champions and noted for their superb floral displays

Exeter in Bloom, the University of Exeter and the Lord Mayor look forward to welcoming them to the City.

What will the judges see?   Our theme in Exeter is ‘Bringing the Countryside into our City’.  We have some of the finest champion and veteran trees from the legacy of the William Lucombe and Pince nurseries and the renowned Veitch family as well as one of the most innovative new project, FLOW, a planting of fruit trees the length of the River Exe from Exwick to form a linear, public orchard.

Recognising the need for sustainable planting to address the demands of climate change, Exeter City Council’s Parks & Green Spaces team work with  Devon Wildlife Trust to create inner-city wildflower corridors to complement our 6 superb Valley Parks.  Look out for the ‘Exeter Wild City’ signs on verges and roundabouts.

The business community with ‘InExeter’ (Business Improvement District) enhance the city with floral display and public art – and investment in new electric vehicles ensures the city centre is clean and welcoming.

Our communities, now 28 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ groups across the city, have made a huge impact on their own local neighbourhoods. Two groups have expanded to form inner-city ‘Villages’ and new groups will be joining in 2019.  It is hoped next year to calculate the total number of ‘Bloom’ volunteering hours across the City.

Residential gardens providing lovely displays and good habitat for wildlife remain vitally important in a city.  ‘The Secret Gardens of Topsham’ in June invited people into private gardens not usually visible from the street – and other areas are planning similar tours in 2019.

The Exeter in Bloom portfolio 2018 is available on this website, together with the detailed judging tour for Monday 9 July.

Thanks go to our Partners and Sponsors:

  Exeter City Council  University of Exeter  Devon Wildlife Trust  In Exeter The Imperial (Wetherspoon)    Devon County Council The Ripple Effect (ECI) The Prince’s Trust   Liverty   Patronus Security Ltd The Rotary, Southernhay Apple Taxis