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First national gardening award for Falmouth in 40 years

Falmouth’s horticultural prowess has earned the town its first national gardening award in more than 40 years after making the shortlist in the Britain in Bloom Awards.

The town scooped a Silver Gilt at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) national competition in the coastal category (for a population of more than 12,000) earlier this month.

Councillor Candy Atherton and Tom Carthey, of Cormac, collecting the award from celebrity gardener Bob Flowerdew, centre.

It was a welcome return to the national spotlight, having last competed in the 1970s.

The judges emphasised that Falmouth had some of the best formal parks and gardens in the UK and recognised the town had an “exceptional and interesting horticultural achievement”.

The work with the community and schoolchildren was “commendable”, said the judges.

The strength of the entry was its partnership working  between Cornwall Council, its contractors Cormac and its local volunteers, schools and organisations.

There were special mentions for the Mission to Seafarers Garden, Swanvale Allotments and Falmouth schools .

Councillor Candy Atherton said: “We all know Falmouth has a wonderful environment for us to work and live in.

“It is fantastic that this is recognised on the national stage.

“All our gardeners and volunteers should be congratulated on this achievement.”

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