The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been received by Kingsbridge in Bloom for its outstanding contribution to the town. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
In Kingsbridge the group, made up of over 30 enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life, has over the last 13 years totally transformed previously neglected public open spaces into beautiful areas for the community and thousands of visitors to enjoy. Core activities include sustainable planting, maintenance, weeding and watering its many vibrant displays.
Graham Price, Chairman of Kingsbridge in Bloom, said: “We are extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award which is a testament to the dedication of the team to keep Kingsbridge so attractive. Over the past few years it has not always been an easy task to improve and regenerate our public open spaces in Kingsbridge but through sheer determination and hard work we feel we have truly enhanced the town through exceptional horticulture and many environmental initiatives. We could not have achieved this without the full support of our fantastic businesses, Town Council, District Council and our community who have all been tremendous.
The RHS Britain in Bloom competition is the largest horticultural event of its kind in Europe and it is all about looking after our cities, towns and villages through horticultural excellence. In 2019 the group were awarded a Gold Medal at national level in the Champion of Champions category which is the highest achievable in the UK. Kingsbridge is considered by the RHS to be a role model for the competition and in particular our ability to involve the wellbeing and involvement of the whole community.
Kingsbridge in Bloom is always looking to the future, has some great plans up its sleeve and hopes to continue to support the town and its surrounding communities for many years to come.