Ash Parish Council


South East in Bloom 2008

Ash Parish Council have been awarded, at it's first attempt, a Bronze Certificate in the Urban Community section in the Southern Water sponsored, South East in Bloom 2008.

South East in Bloom promotes, supports and encourages gardening, horticulture and environmental sustainability across Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire. As such, it is one of 17 regional campaigns which make up Britain in Bloom - europes largest horticultural campaign.

The South East in Bloom judges provided the following overall feedback; "For a first time entry into in Bloom, Ash displayed a lot of potential for the future. It has a good sense of community and some energetic and motivated Councillors who have worked hard to bring Ash to the standard it is today."

The judges were also impressed with the planting outside Japonica Court, the flower beds outside Tilthams Garage, and the high standard to which the street trees are kept.

The judges award a total of 102 points out of a possible 200. The final points score being only 7 points short of a Silver Certificate.

Mark Collins, Head Groundsman, and Graham Bidwell, administrator received the award on behalf of ash Parish Council, at an "Oscar Style" presentation attended by around 350 "In Bloomers", at the The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley on 3rd September 2008. The certificate was presented by TV gardener Chris Collins.


Graham Bidwell (left) and Mark Collings (R) receiving the Bronze Certificate from Chris Collins


The Ash Parish judging took place on 10th July with a circular route encompassing, The Ash Centre, Shawfield Road Allotments, Willow Park, Japonica Court, Shawfields Day Centre, Ash Walsh and Ash Grange Schools, Ash Cemetery and the Ash War Memorial.

Ash Parish Council would like to thank all of the Businesses, Groups and Individuals that contibuted towards the Councils success in South East in Bloom.