Kensington Place won a prize

Photo:Kensington Place 2011

Kensington Place 2011

City in Bloom competition 2011

By Gabrielle Villermet, NLCA representative on City in Bloom Working Group

The annual prize-giving for the City in Bloom competitions was held on 23rd September at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Prizes presented by the Mayor

The ceremony was introduced by Stella Richardson of Brighton & Hove City Council, Danny Pike from BBC Radio Sussex, and Councillor Pete West (Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability) and the prizes were presented by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Anne Meadows, as well as by sponsors of the prizes.

Kensington Place won Third Prize

Unfortunately, due to Council economies, there were no competitions this year for Best Front Gardens, Hanging Baskets, or Window Boxes/Balconies. However, residents were able to enter the Most Attractive Urban Area competition and I’m delighted to report that Kensington Place won Third Prize in the Large Street category at their first attempt. They were up against strong competition, so this is a fantastic result.

Hopefully it will encourage the residents to enter again next year and aim for First Prize.

Congratulations to all the residents of Kensington Place who worked hard to make their houses, gardens and street look so tidy and attractive.

Best Commercial Frontage

In the Best Commercial Frontage category the Prince George public house was highly commended in the Best Pub category and My Hotel was second in the Best Hotel category. Well done everybody!

Congratulations and thanks

Congratulations and thanks to all residents and traders who made these results possible, as well as to the sponsors of the competitions, without whom there would be no prizes.

South, South East in Bloom

Also reported were the results of the prestigious South, South East in Bloom competition, which had been announced earlier in the month. Brighton & Hove entered the City Centre category and the judging route covered part of North Laine including Kensington Place and Pelham Square. The city won a Silver Medal in this competition.

Other winners

Other winners of South, South East in Bloom were Brunswick, who won a Silver Gilt, and the Marina won a Bronze Medal at their first attempt.

Thanks for their efforts

Thanks to Brighton & Hove City Council City Parks for planting and maintaining many of the flowerbeds, parks and squares and of course the residents and traders who put in much time and effort.

For next year

I will do my best to persuade the Council to bring back the much missed Front Garden, Hanging Basket etc competitions.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 212, September/October 2011]

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