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Island in Bloom 2007 results announced 12 October 2007

The Department of Tourism and Leisure is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Island in Bloom competition.

Douglas once again for the third year running have triumphed in the town category, Port St Mary won the large village and St John’s the village section.

Top business premises include RH Corkhill & Co Ltd Accountants in Ramsey, Four Seasons & Health Care Saddle Mews retirement village in Douglas and the Commissioners Office in Port Erin. The Anchorage Hotel, Queens Hotel, The Sidings, The Trafalgar, Colby Glen and Dhoon Halt Café have also excelled in the competition.

The Britain in Bloom competition, under the auspices of the Royal Horticultural Society, aims to encourage communities to make long term improvements to their local environment. All local authorities on the Isle of Man are invited to participate in the Island in Bloom competition each year, which is co-ordinated by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, and the overall winner goes forward to represent the Island in the Britain in Bloom finals. This year Douglas represented the Island and was awarded silver in the town category.

Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

‘This year Douglas pulled out all the stops to represent the Island in the town section in the Britain in Bloom competition. I congratulate them on winning a ‘silver’ award for the second year running in this prestigious competition. I have been observing the high standard of the town this Summer and it is clear that the residents and businesses take pride in their environment. This is down to all the hard work of those involved. Well done Douglas! My Department would like to say a big thank you to their judges this year, Alan Corris and Margaret Murphy, who spent 2 days driving round the Island to judge the competition.’

Other winners in this year’s individual categories of the competition include the Villa Marina Gardens, Ramsey’s Mooragh Park, Laxey’s Valley and Rose Gardens, the Arboretum at St John’s, Dhoon Arboretum, the village community area in Ballaugh, Tynwald Mills and Kerroo Glass elderly persons complex in Ramsey. A full list of winners can be obtained by contacting Rachele Quayle at the Department of Tourism and Leisure on telephone number 686806.

This year’s prize presentation is to be held on Monday November 5th in the Villa Marina, where the overall winner of the competition will be announced and given the opportunity to represent the Isle of Man in the Britain in Bloom finals next year.

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