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YEAR 1, 2001

Hayle's Britain in Bloom Group was formed in January 2000 at a Public Meeting called by the then Mayor of Hayle, Mr David Barrett, with an aim to enter the Britain in Bloom Competitions to enhance and beautify our Town of Hayle here in Cornwall.  We received strong support from the town council and especially the town clerk, Vivien Parsons. However, the first meeting of the group was not held until January 2001 when a 'working party' was set up and our first entry which was judged on 26 July gained a Highly Commended Award.

At the meeting held on 28 February 2002, Mr Richard Selby-Boothroyd took over the Chairmanship from Mr Don McGeorge who had agreed at the outset to chair any meetings until such time as a Committee was formed (this was very much appreciated by the Working Party). We were also very grateful to the Hayle Town Trust who agreed to be the caretakers of any monies raised until we had set up our own bank account.


YEAR 2, 2002

Our 2nd year of entry into the Britain in Bloom Competition was in July 2002 and at the Awards Presentation at the Bath & West Show Showground in Somerset on Friday 06 September, Hayle won a Silver Gilt Award and also the Sargent Trophy for outstanding effort and dedication from a competition entry.

A Hayle in Bloom Project outside the Town Swimming Pool


YEAR 3, 2003

On Thursday, 17 July 2003, the Judges visited Hayle and on Friday, 05 September at the Awards Presentation in Shepton Mallett, Hayle were delighted to receive a Gold Award and also the London & Manchester Trophy for outstanding contribution to environmental initiative for small Towns/Villages.


YEAR 4, 2004

At the meeting held in February 2004 the Chairman decided to step down due to pressure of other commitments and Mrs Marjorie Roberts, who was also the Mayor of Hayle at that time, was elected the new Chairman. At that meeting a Committee was formed to be known as 'Hayle in Bloom' and Mrs Margaret Tanner was elected as Secretary and Mrs Sarah Turk was elected as Treasurer.

Following the judging on Friday, 16 July 2004 the Awards Presentation was held at the Bristol Flower Show on Thursday 26 August. Hayle won a Silver Gilt Award and whilst we were disappointed at not winning 'Gold' we felt we did very well considering the horrendous gales and rain which wreaked havoc in Hayle and other Towns in the South West just a couple of weeks before judging took place.


YEAR 5, 2005

The Awards Presentations on Thursday, 08 September 2005 were held at Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton Somerset following the judging which took place on Tuesday, 19 July. Hayle did very well by winning a Silver Gilt Award and also the South West Travel Association Cup for Towns.

During 2005, our Treasurer, Mrs Sarah Turk entered Hayle in Bloom for a B.& Q. Award and we were delighted when we learned that we came second in over 2,000 entries and were awarded a cheque valued £2,500.00 to enhance our Swimming Pool. This award was for materials and plants supplied by B.& Q. and all the labour had to be done by ourselves so we are particularly grateful to all those who volunteered their most valuable help at that time. It certainly made Hayle Swimming Pool a place to be proud of

Hayle in Bloom also applied for a grant from the Liveability Fund and were delighted to learn that on 14 October 2005 we had been awarded £2,040 towards purchasing various items of tools, planters and other horticultural equipment. The money was to be spent by 31 March 2006 which proved no problem at all!


YEAR 6, 2006

The 2006 Presentation event was held on Thursday, 07 September at the English Riviera Centre at Torquay in Devon to hear the results of the judging which took place in Hayle on Friday 14 July. This event was the crowning glory for Hayle and all those from Hayle who travelled to the event in the coach organised by Penwith District Council were absolutely ecstatic that all their hard work was so deservedly rewarded.

First up was a new category called the Neighbourhood Awards for which Hayle was rewarded with a Certificate for our Adopt-A-Plot Scheme for work done at Hayle Swimming Pool. One of our Committee Members, Mrs Ann Foreman agreed to be the Co-Ordinator. Ann has been fantastic and has recruited 9 Adopt-A-Plot volunteers who adopt a plot around the Town to help the gardeners with weeding etc. They are very valued. There were no cups or prizes for this Category but each Town or Village that entered received a Certificate.

Next came the announcement of the Schools Painting Competition and Hayle excelled with Victoria Emberson from Hayle Community School winning 1st prize. A wonderful achievement. We'd hardly returned to our seats when we were back on stage to receive our Gold Award and also the South West Travel Association Cup. It was then announced that Hayle had won the Abbiss Cup for the best municipal planting of a Roundabout. Our Roundabout at Loggans was voted the best in the whole of the South West and special congratulations must go our 3 wonderful gardeners. It goes without saying that this Cup was well and truly christened at a stop off for refreshment on the way home!

Following our successes at Torquay, we attended the Penwith Presentations hosted by Mr Brian Hosken and his Team from Penwith District Council at Tregenna Castle Hotel on 02 November 2006. It was announced that Hayle in Bloom had been selected to enter the National Urban Community Category of Britain in Bloom next year.

We have come so far in such a short time but we are a super group and will certainly rise to the challenge to make our Town of Hayle a place to proud of.


YEAR 7, 2007

Judging for the South West Region was on Wednesday, 18 July and our judges were Tony Moore and Ruth Miles. The judging for the National Britain in Bloom competition was on Wednesday, 1 August and this time we were judged by Roger Burnett and John Woodward.

South West in Bloom

Thirty-three members of Hayle in Bloom attended the awards ceremony which, for the very first time, was held at the Tregenna Castle Hotel at St. Ives. The weather was damp and dismal; such a shame for the 350 people who attended from many towns in Cornwall and up to Bristol and beyond.

After a 'Cornish-style' buffet lunch the presentations began.  Our first good news was a Neighbourhood Award, Certificate of Merit for the Millpool Gardens. Congratulations to Georgina Schofield and her team and to the PDC gardeners.

And the big news was that we have taken the GOLD in South West Tourist Association Cup category for the second year running. We did not snag the cup this year - that went to Sherbourne. Having visited Sherbourne recently I can confirm that they put on a beautiful show and are deserving winners. But - we can beat them next year!
Roger Burnett, said "Hayle is a very accomplished and well-organised entry with strong community involvement. We were very impressed with the high standard of floral displays in the public areas, especially Penpol Gardens."


Britain in Bloom, 2007

At the award ceremony in Coventry Cathedral on the 26th of September 2007, Hayle was awarded Silver Gilt in the Urban Category of Britain in Bloom. The award categories are Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt and Gold. Getting Silver-Gilt in our first attempt at the national competition is a marvellous achievement. The winner in our category was Uddingston in Scotland - congratulations to them.

There was another well-deserved award made for individuals who have dedicated so much of their time to the Britain in Bloom cause - the Shredded Wheat Community Champions.  Congratulations to the person in Hayle we all would have chosen: Marjorie Roberts.  Well done Marjorie and thanks for all of your years of hard work.

Marjorie Roberts receives her award from actress Susan Hampshire.

YEAR 8, 2008

Hayle takes the SWTA Cup!

At the South West in Bloom awards presentations in Plymouth on the 18th of September, Hayle heard that it had again been awarded a Gold in its category and then received the astounding news that we have taken the SWTA Cup!

The judges praised Hayle's work and gave honourable mentions to our web site and portfolio.  Read the judges' comments here.

2008 SWTA Cup (5 500-6 999)

Hayle Winner


Silver Gilt

Silver Gilt

Silver Gilt


Thanks to all of our volunteers and to our wonderful professional gardening team.

swta cup certificate
See both certificates in 'our awards'.

YEAR 9, 2009


Hayle takes the SWTA Cup again!

At the award ceremony for the South West in Bloom competition on 17 September 2009 we heard that we had swept the board!

In the morning session the Neighbourhood Awards were announced and we won all three that we had submitted:

  • The Library Garden
  • Adopt-a-Plot Scheme
  • The Millpond

We were also delighted to hear that Emma Coster of the Hayle Community School won first prize for her painting in the 12-16 year old category.

The big news was in the afternoon session when it was announced that we had achieved:



And then, to crown it all, we were again awarded the SWTA cup as best in our group.

Finally, there was a 'discretionary award' and cup and this went to the Library Wildlife Garden. 

Well done everyone - we couldn't have done much better that this.


 Britain in Bloom 2009

On 3 September 2009 our team atttended the award ceremony at Torbay and heard that we won

Silver Gilt

in the national Britain in Bloom competition.  Although our sights were set on winning Gold, this was still a marvellous achievement at our level. And we were only 3 points behind the category winner, St. Brelade of Jersey.

The detailed comments by the judges about Hayle and also about the St. Brelade can be read here


We were also delighted to hear that a Community Champion Award had been given to long-time friend of Hayle in Bloom, Brian Hosken, for his services to supporting Britain in Bloom over many years.

Until recently Brian was Open Spaces Manager at Penwith District Council.  Without his help Hayle would not have been able to achieve the great successes that we have enjoyed.

Best wishes to Brian in his, perhaps temporary, retirement

YEAR 10, 2010
Hayle takes the SWTA Cup for a Third Straight Year

At the Southwest in Bloom presentations in Bath on the 16th of September 2010, the Hayle in Bloom team were delighted, first to hear that we had won Gold and then to hear that we were the SWTA Cup winners for the second year in a row.

We also won Neighbourhood Awards for:

  • Adopt-a-Plotters
  • Library Wildlife Garden
  • Millpond
  • King George V Memorial Walk (Outstanding)
YEAR 11, 2011
A team from Hayle in Bloom took a coach up to the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay for the 2011 South West in Bloom Award Presentations.

The morning focused on the 'In Your Neighbourhood' awards and Hayle did very well. There are five levels: Establishing, Improving, Developing, Thriving and Outstanding. Here are the results:

Bob Lloyd's Field Developing
Library Wildlife Garden Developing
Adopt-a-Plot Thriving
Heather Lane Nursery Thriving
Allotments on Lethlean Lane Thriving
King George V Memorial Walk Outstanding
This is an amazing result, especially the allotments that were only opened in March! Congratulations.

Of course, our attention was focused on how well we had done in the main competition. This year we moved up from the SWTA Cup to the Preece Cup. We had won the SWTA Cup four years in a row!

In the higher group we also had more competition:

  • Midsomer Norton
  • Glastonbury
  • Sidmouth
  • Sodbury
  • Hayle

Firstly it was announced that we had won GOLD! However, four of the entrants had won Gold so it came down to who had the most points in a very close race.

This year it went to Sidmouth and, while we a little disappointed, we were still delighted to keep our unbroken record in recent years of winning Gold - particularly in a year of cutbacks. Well done to all.

Shown (L-R), Toby Buckland, TV horticulturist, Mike, John, Margaret, Anne-Marie and mayor John Bennett. (Click the picture for a larger version)
Our webmaster and his extensive team of web technical and editorial personnel were delighted to receive a cup for the Best Website. This was the Barry Cruse Trophy which is a discretionary award by the judges.
YEAR 12, 2012
The judges arrived in Hayle on the 12th of July to judge our entry in the South West in Bloom competition.
It was raining. This year we started from the Bluff Inn on the Towans where the judges were able to get a cup of coffee and make a pit stop before the tour began.
Our first stop was the Haven where their enthusiastic gardeners and staff made a good impression (in the rain) and then we took our usual two spins around the roundabout, through Hayle stopping at the Library garden and then on to the Memorial Walk meeting lots of keen (but wet) volunteers on the way.
On Penpol Terrace they stopped to see the World Heritage Site feature (thanks to Terry English, Mike and Anne-Marie) and walked to Foundry Square where we drove them to see Bob’s meadow on Carnsew Road, the Millpond Gardens and then to Paradise Park for the photo session (in the rain) and the feast which Paradise Park kindly provided. Despite the rain, somehow we had a good feeling because everything had gone well and everyone had remained cheerful.
So along comes the 20th of September and the Hayle in Bloom team sets off by bus to Weston Super Mare to hear the results. The morning session is about Neighbourhood Awards and we got plenty of those: the Railway Walk, Bob’s Meadow, Library Wildlife Garden, Adopt-a-Plotters, Allotments and King George V Memorial Walk. But the afternoon is when the big announcements are made. Hayle is in a group where most of the other towns are twice the size and the competition is fierce. The names were called and lots of Silver-Gilt awards were given. But Hayle got Gold - the only Gold! That meant we also won the Preece Cup! There were lots of happy faces in Weston Super Mare and Hayle.
2012 awards ceremony
2012 awards ceremony
2012 awards ceremony
2012 awards ceremony
Well done to the Hayle in Bloom volunteers, our gardener Mike Kemp and his helpers Tony and Anne-Marie. What a team.

The detail of the 'In Your Neighbourhood' awards was:

  Level Location
  2 - Improving Railway Walk
  3 - Developing Bob's Meadow
    Hayle Library Wildlife Garden
  4 - Thriving Adopt-a-Plotters
    Lethlean Lane allotments
  5 - Outstanding King George V Memorial Walk
18 October 2012. The Cornwall in Bloom presentations were made at the Eden Project and Hayle in Bloom was honoured with the following awards: (click pictures for larger versions)
Hayle Library Wildlife Garden, Budding Award
King George V Memorial Walk Adopt-A-Plotters, Full Bloom Award
Hayle in Bloom, Full Bloom Award
Full Bloom is the highest award. Well done team!
Sidmouth Preece Cup Gold - Winner
Hayle Preece Cup Gold   

Railway Walk, Hayle


Hayle Community Celebration Day


Copperhouse, Hayle


Bob's Meadow, Hayle


Hayle In Bloom Adopt A Plotters


Millpond, Hayle


Paradise Park, Hayle


Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Hayle


Lethlean Allotments, Hayle


Penpol Terrace Gardens, Hayle


Hayle Library Garden


King George V Memorial Walk, Hayle


Penpol School, Hayle


Horray, hooray! We won Gold again - our tenth Gold and nine straight. This year could be ten in a row. Although we did not win the cup, we did come second. What a team!


Preece Cup


Glastonbury in Bloom



Hayle in Bloom



Midsomer Norton



Seaton in Bloom

Silver Gilt


Sherborne in Bloom

Silver Gilt


Hayle's results in 2014 were:
  Hayle - Millpond Outstanding
  Hayle - Riviere Sands Holiday Park Thriving
  Hayle - Community Celebration Day Thriving
  Hayle - War Memorial Thriving
  Hayle - Library Wildlife Garden Outstanding
  Hayle - Paradise Park Outstanding
  Hayle - Lethlean Lane Allotments Thriving
  Hayle - Penpol Terrace Outstanding
  Hayle - Penpol School Thriving
  Hayle - King George V Memorial Walk Outstanding
  Hayle - Adopt-a-Plotters Outstanding
2015 saw us win Gold for the tenth year in a row. But that was not all. We also won our first Green Flag for Parks and a community parks award for volunteers.
Chris Stumbles, our fish pond expert, was awarded the Hayle Town Council Plate for 'Services to the Fish Ponds" and Tony Thacker, our amazing volunteer gardener, was made "Hayle's Man of the Year".
Another golden year. Eleven in a row!

Copperhouse Pool and St. Elwyn's Church