GardenDrumTruro, the garden city

 Image RHS, Jim Wileman

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.

 

Volunteers and council worker trim a topiary spitfire plane. Image RHS, Jim Wileman

 

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.

 

Boat planted up by volunteers at Sunny Corner, Truro in Bloom. IImage RHS, Jim Wileman

 

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.

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