TRURO, THE GARDEN CITY
Imaginative plantings helped earn the Cornish city of Truro the ‘Champion of Champions’ award in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom community gardening competition.
In what judges described as the toughest in the competition’s 54-year history, Truro opted for exotic, drought-tolerant plantings, which included cacti, palms and Mediterranean herbs. Clever use of a purpose built solar powered rainwater harvesting system also impressed the judges.
Truro benefits from a close partnership with the local council, which sees the parks department, local businesses and residents work together on issues ranging from planning and decision-making to volunteering, plant donations and discounts.
Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, congratulated Truro on its win. “To create such an outstanding entry in the searing heat and drought conditions is testament to the hard work and commitment that the whole community puts in.”
Since winning the award, Truro garden volunteers have noticed an increase in visitors from all over the country. One couple reportedly moved to Truro after seeing it on television and they now volunteer and work in the garden.