RESIDENTS and visitors alike have been fulsome in their praise this summer for the spectacular floral displays which have adorned the main and side streets of Penrith which, as far as the town is concerned, have been unique in their quality.
Just as impressed have been the judges in Cumbria in Bloom who, it was announced on Thursday, had awarded Penrith a host of golden awards in the annual floral contest, including that for best large town.
The great thing about the awards which have come the town’s way is that they have been secured by a community effort, with major contributions from businesses, schools and gardening volunteers, but also from residents who helped the overall effect by putting hanging baskets outside their homes and plant pots on their doorsteps.
Penrith is not alone in securing deserved success in the district of Eden, with two trophies for the extremely tidy village of Bolton, near Appleby, and one for Kirkoswald, where the judges picked out the strong sense of community which resulted in the award for best sustainable development.
Cumbria in Bloom has become much more than a competition focused chiefly on flowers, and more than 30 awards were presented to groups concerned with improving their local environment. Gratifyingly, many are in Eden, again indicating the amount of pride people in the district have in their communities.
Representatives from Penrith will be heading to Llandudno next month to see if the town’s BID entry, after its success in the county competition last year, can triumph on the national stage in Britain in Bloom. If effort is any guide, it must be in with a chance.