Bath triumphs in the annual South West battle of blooms
Bath has picked up the top prize in South West in Bloom for the fourth year running.
Representatives from the city attended a presentation ceremony in Truro, Cornwall, last week, where they discovered they had achieved success once again.
This is the fourth consecutive year Bath has been given a gold rating in the Tesco Cup, for medium-sized towns and cities, as well as being announced overall category winner, beating off competition from Weston-super-Mare, Paignton and Torquay.
There was also an Edible Britain award for the vegetables planted in Parade Gardens, and a discretionary prize for Best Portfolio.
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Chairman of Bath in Bloom Barry Cruse said that despite achieving success many times before they could never be complacent about their entry.
"We never know what the other cities have done, so it is always a nervous time. We come down here optimistic, because we know Bath is a good entry, we have got a fantastic community and brilliant, brilliant flowers all over the city, but you just never know," he added.
Mr Cruse said they were now waiting for the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony with cautious optimism. He said: "Britain in Bloom is a different kettle of fish, because it is one big step up from South West in Bloom. These results do give us more confidence, but we have to remember it is a different ball game."
Bath is representing the South West region in Britain in Bloom and is competing for the UK title against Colchester, Grimsby, Shrewsbury, Bury, Bracknell and Derry. The city picked up the silver gilt award two years ago.
The Britain in Bloom winner will be announced on October 12 in Cleethorpes.