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Win for Douglas in Island in Bloom contest 31 October 2005

    Douglas is the overall winner of the 2005 Island in Bloom competition and goes forward to represent the Isle of Man in next year’s Britain in Bloom event, judging for which takes place in August.

    The Douglas Borough Council has provisionally accepted the nomination subject to formal approval at the next council meeting on 9th November. It will then compete against the winners from 17 other regions of the British Isles in the national finals.

    Judging in the Island contest was carried out by Ken Barnes from Glen Vine and Port St.Mary’s Graham Newsome. Although they named Douglas as the overall winner they commended many other towns and villages which will all receive awards at the prize presentation on 30th November.

    Prizewinners in the towns category are Douglas, Peel, Castletown, Ramsey, Onchan and Port Erin while worthy of mention in the villages section are Maughold, Marown, Colby, Ballaugh, Bride, Jurby, Laxey, St.John’s, Andreas, Ballabeg, Union Mills and Dalby. The exact nature of their special awards will only be revealed at the presentation ceremony.

    Said Tourism Minister David Cretney: ‘We have had a beautiful summer and this has been reflected in the high quality of entries. The overall standard of floral displays and cleanliness seems to get better with each successive year which can only be good for tourism generally. I really would like to congratulate all areas of the Island for the tremendous efforts they have made to improve our surroundings even further.

    ‘I believe Douglas Town Council Parks Department do a wonderful job in the island’s capital and I congratulate the staff for all their efforts’.

    ‘As far as the individual awards are concerned I note that some of our regular winners are there again, maintaining their standards of excellence, while it is also nice to see some new names featuring on the prize list.’

    Island in Bloom co-ordinator Anna Hemy explained that the idea behind the Britain in Bloom competition – run under the auspices of the Royal Horticultural Society – was to encourage communities to improve and regenerate their local environments. This could be done through imaginative planting of shrubs and flowers together with landscaping, conservation and recycling projects.

    She added: ‘I would like to pay tribute to last year’s overall winner, Maughold, which did the Island proud by winning a silver award at the national prize presentation in Cardiff. This was a remarkable achievement considering it was the first time the village had reached this stage of the competition.’

    Winners in the individual categories of Island in Bloom 2005 included Cooyrt Balleigh in Ramsey and Cooil Ny Chibbyr, Andreas (best community project); the Imperial Hotel, Douglas (large hotels); Matlock House, Castle Mona Avenue, Douglas and Farrants Fort Guest House, Andreas (small hotels/guest houses); The Sidings public house in Castletown and the Colby Glen Hotel (pub/restaurant/café). The Mooragh Park in Ramsey won the town section for public parks and gardens while first place in the village category was shared by the Millennium Field, Bride and the Millennium Scented Garden in Andreas. The Department of Tourism and Leisure would like to thank B&Q for its support over the past three years in helping to sponsor prizes for the competition.

    Local authorities who did not enter this year’s contest but would like to do so in 2006 are invited to contact the Island in Bloom Co-ordinator, Mrs Hemy, on 686733.

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