The Conservation Volunteers were proud to be associated with Bangor's recent success in achieving 'Gold' in the RHS Britain in Bloom 2013 competition.
After many successful years in the 'Silver' category, Bangor has exceeded all expectations this year and achieved 'Gold' award.
The Britain in Bloom judges look at public parks and town centre floral planting and hanging baskets, but they also visit community projects and other more informal gardens, when assessing a town for the Britain in Bloom competition.
This year the judges visited TCV's Bangor Conservation Action Team while they were doing work at Balloo Wood and then went on to visit Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre, where TCV staff work with young offenders. At the Woodland centre there are five enclosed garden areas stretching to several acres in all and TCV works with 4 young offenders on a full-time basis each month to maintain and improve the gardens for everyone at Woodlands to enjoy. Those involved aslo achieve the Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture.
Britain in Bloom is the largest campaign of its kind in Europe. It is a year-round initiative that sees communities working to improve their local environments.