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Colwyn Bay is Best in Bloom

22nd September 2014

Categories: News

The celebrations are continuing in Colwyn Bay as the town was awarded Silver Gilt at the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition, just weeks after it won the Best Large Town category at the Wales in Bloom for the 13th consecutive year.

Now in its 50th year, RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in the UK.

There are more than 3,900 Bloom groups throughout Britain. Of these, just 71 finalists were chosen to represent their Region in the UK finals.

The town is continuing to go from strength-to-strength and was recently shortlisted in the Great British High Street Awards.

Colwyn Bay is the only town in Wales to make it onto the shortlist and the high street is seen as a model of regeneration.

Footfall in the town has soared by 30% since 2012, with 52 new shops opening and 22 businesses have expanded or been refurbished.

Town Centre Manager and Chair of the Colwyn in Bloom Committee Ingrid Lewis said: “It’s fantastic to see everything coming together for the town. The local community has worked extremely hard and this something that everyone can be truly proud of.

This is not just a competition about flowers and the judges are keen to see everything: biodiversity, wildlife, presentation, private gardens, public parks and the general look and tidiness of the town.

“To have been nominated and to represent Wales in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition is a tremendous achievement and it’s thanks to the help and input from Conwy County Borough Council, businesses, community groups and volunteers that we have taken home an award.

“By developing high-quality environments for the benefit of the community and visitors, Colwyn in Bloom seeks to drive tourism; increase footfall and in so doing create employment and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”

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