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St Helier's gardens voted bloomin' marvellous!

Constable Simon Crowcroft receiving the award on behalf of St Helier Credit: Mary Ayling-Phillip

Jersey's capital won a top award at this year's Britain in Bloom awards.

St Helier won the 'best large coastal community' category beating Bournemouth, Deal and Falmouth at the awards ceremony last night (Friday 19th October).

The town has planted over 70,000 bulbs in the past year alone.

The judges were impressed with the beds in Parade Gardens, plantings in Millennium Park and the creation of 'upcycled bins' at the Cenotaph.

Jersey's St Clement and Gorey also featured in the awards ceremony.

Both parishes were awarded a silver gilt in their respective categories.

The beds at Parade Gardens impressed RHS judges Credit: RHS

Meanwhile, Guernsey's Forest Parish received a gold medal in the 'large village' category.

The parish's colourful and well-designed floral displays and striking front gardens were noted by judges, with the planting at Guernsey airport also playing a vital part.

The RHS Britain in Bloom awards take place every year, with around 300,000 volunteers taking part.

In 2017, four awards were given to the Channel Islands:

  • St Helier, Jersey: Gold award for Best Coastal over 12k
  • St Aubin, Jersey: Gold award for Best Village
  • St Saviour, Jersey: Silver Gilt award for Best Town
  • Sark: Silver Gilt award for Best Village

The full list of 2018 results can be found here.