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Rowcroft Inpatient Unit Garden wins top Bay Bloom Award

13 October 2014

Rowcroft’s redesigned Inpatient Unit Garden has claimed first prize in the Large Commercial Premises category at the Tor2 Bay Bloom Awards.

The garden, which was redesigned and rebuilt earlier this year thanks to an NHS grant, also achieved Highly Commended in the Environmentally Friendly Garden category at the Awards, which were held at the Riviera Conference Centre on 24 September.

Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit Garden underwent a makeover earlier this year so that the hospice’s patients and their loved ones would be able to access it more easily.

Mark Ilsley, Parks and Open Spaces Service Manager at Tor2, who took part in the judging, said: “We were very impressed with the new landscaping and the selection of plants in the updated area. There are some absolutely fantastic flowers in the meadow; we were impressed with the upkeep of the whole garden.”

Richard Taylor, Rowcroft Gardens Supervisor, is delighted that the efforts of all those involved in the makeover were recognised at the annual gardening competition, which is open to residents and businesses across Torbay.

He said: “We’re over the moon to have won! It’s a great recognition of all the hard work of our volunteers in keeping the garden, as well as Marc and his team who built the garden in the storms and pouring rain at the beginning of the year.”

A group of eight green fingered volunteers help to keep the garden in top condition throughout the year.

Richard added: “My thanks go to our volunteers; Cliff, Rob, Alan, Bev, Jan, Ron, Tony and Jamie, and also to Marc Harvey at Creation Groundworks for doing such a grand job of the garden and helping us win.”

The garden was also awarded Thriving in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Award organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, as part of South West in Bloom. 

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