Sue Biggs who is the Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently wrote this letter, which was published in the Lytham St Annes Express on the 29.12.2016
Although she doesn’t mention St Anne’s in Bloom by name it’s clear that the sentiments expressed by her, apply equally to St Anne’s especially seeing that we were Gold Medal winners in 2016.
The photo shows members of St Anne’s in Bloom being awarded the Gold Medal
You were bloomin’ wonderful!
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood group volunteers across the North West region for the work they have done to bring communities together and create greener, more environmentally friendly and healthier surroundings for all to enjoy.
This year, Britain in Bloom groups from Congleton, Elswick, Freckleton, Lytham, Oldham, Southport and Wigan represented the North West with great distinction at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards – their success reflects well on everyone.
That so many people have given up their time and taken on the challenge of positively transforming their neighbourhoods is testament to their commitment to living in a greener and more pleasant place.
I’ve been driven to write this letter to ensure that the amazing contribution they’ve made is acknowledged and celebrated.
Their efforts, not just over this year, but year in, year out, prove that the North West’s community spirit is alive and well.
The benefits of the work they do go far beyond the aesthetic, as research and experience have shown that when a community gardens together, civic pride, community spirit and health and happiness levels all increase.
The benefits of gardening and turning grey to green don’t stop there.
The work they’ve done has created habitats for wildlife, high-lighted the value of the natural world and inspired children to get in touch with nature and learn more about where their food comes from.
That all these benefits have been driven by the community is truly tremendous.
With over 560 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups in the North West, they really are making an enormous difference.
Thank you to each and every one of them for helping to make Britain a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.
Sue Biggs, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Director General