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27 October 2009. We have had some nice press coverage lately.  Take a look here.

23 September 2009. Our team at Torbay has just called to announce that we won

Silver Gilt

in the national Britain in Bloom competition.  Although our sights were set on winning Gold, this is still a marvellous achievement at our level. 

The detailed comments by the judges about Hayle and also about the Category Winner, St. Brelade, can be read here.  I think there are some things we can learn for next time, including making sure we communicate better since I think the judges may not have seen all of the things we were doing.  An example is corporate sponsorship where we added two major sponsors this year - and Hayle is one of the poorest towns in one of the poorest areas in Britain: hardly an ideal situation for corporate sponsorship.  But take a look at the good news too - and there is plenty to be proud of.


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.


17 September 2009. Today was the announcement of the South West in Bloom judging results at the ceremony in Yeovil - and we 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 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.

Click here to see our award certificates.

Margaret proudly holding the SWTA cup and the Special Discretionary Award for the Library Garden


25 August 2009. Hayle in Bloom commissioned Hayle Artist Mervyn Sullivan to capture some key points of Hayle's history for the benefit of visitors - many of whom have no idea of the pivotal role that Hayle played in the Industrial Revolution. Visit it on Penpol Terrace, and see photos of the construction phase by clicking here. Proper job - well done Mervyn.

03 August 2009. Judges David Littlewood and Sue Wood meets chair Margaret Tanner at the Surf Life Saving Club at the start of the route.

The judges pose with the Nippers - a great turnout for the summer holidays!

The closing photograph with David and Sue, the Mayor and Mayoress, Margaret and Alison Hales of Paradise Park.
For more pictures click here.

02 August 2009. Our starting point tomorrow is the Surf Life Saving Club and they are flying the flag!

30 July 2009. Hayle in Bloom gets some nice coverage in this week's Cornishman. There was also some nice coverage of Heyl Fest.

27 July 2009. Hayle in Bloom is supporting the BBC Breathing Spaces project of planting a million trees in 1 hour on December 5th. We have already contacted the Parks and Gardens department and received a positive response and we have approached the town council for permission to use their land. Get your seedlings ready!

Tree O'Clock

A 'big moment in time' dedicated to the celebration of trees.

As part of National Tree Week, BBC Breathing Places invites partners and audiences to join us in setting a new Guinness World record for planting the most trees in one hour in multiple locations. Our aim is to plant a million trees, beating the current record of 653,143 trees.

When? 11am -12 noon on 5 December 2009

Where? Anywhere that would benefit from having trees, such as community spaces, parks or individual gardens.

Who can join in? Any organisation, regardless of the size of their event, can participate. All trees planted during the hour will count towards the world record- breaking attempt, provided the rules are followed.

24 July 2009. The edge of the Memorial Walk has been part-trimmed with a strip of wild growth left.  Our judge Martin Ford endorsed our commitment to the environment and biodiversity since we have counted a total of 51 species in the wild area.  Click here for a list of what we have found.

22 July 2009. The route for the National competition has been finalised and can be viewed here. If you are part of the team that will be at the Surf Life Saving Club at 9am please read the note about parking.

16 July 2009. Martin Ford arrived to judge Hayle's entry in the South West in Bloom competition and was greeted by one of our wettest days this year.  Nothing daunted, Martin waded his way through our gardens.
Martin shares a joke with Ruth Atterbury-Thomas at the Sensory Garden
Children from Bodriggy School show off their adopt-a-plot
The end of the route at Paradise Park

15 July 2009. The children's painting competition has been judged and our entries have been submitted.  See the entries here.

14 July 2009. The Recycle for Cornwall campaign has been developed to raise public awareness of recycling and to provide consumers with a compelling reason to recycle.

The team will be visiting Paradise Park to do an audit on Thursday and should be there during the arrival of the RHS judge. For more information visit


13 July 2009. Our sign at Foundry celebrating Hayle's heritage is now in place and Wyevale has done a super job at the adopt-a-plot in front of Spar - including a planted boat.

10 July 2009.

Our portfolio has been submitted to the RHS judges and you can look at a copy by clicking here.


7 July 2009. The Royal Standard is looking nice with its many hanging baskets - and there is a lot of feverish activity on the adopt-a-plots to bring them up to tip-top standard.  Everywhere is looking really nice at the moment - let's hope the good weather keeps up for the judging.


1 July 2009.

To raise awareness throughout the town of Hayle's entry in the Britain in Bloom competitions, our friends at Cornwall Council have produced a poster which can now be seen in shop windows from Copperhouse to Foundry.

Shopkeepers were very keen to support us - in fact, we get tremendous support from all types of businesses.

30 June 2009. At a packed meeting on 29 June we discussed final preparations for the two competitions. A special meeting will be held on Monday 13 July at 7-30pm at the Rugby Club for any last-minute issues.

20 June 2009. Botanist and broadcaster David Bellamy visited the Wildlife Garden with Hayle in Bloom chair and members, Hayle head gardener and representatives from the Haven Holiday Park and the Library. 

David said "Whoever designed this wildlife garden knew what they were doing.  Within 5 minutes I saw three different species of bee!"  David also led wildlife and botanical walks on the Towans showing us locals things we had never seen before.

David's connection with Hayle goes back a long way: he handed over the token £1 to Peter de Savary to buy Copperhouse Pool and Lelant Water for the RSPB in the 80s.

18 June 2009. The plant exchange was a great success with lots of plants swapped and lots of new friends made.  Marilyn and Louise, who organised it, also raised £11.90 as a donation to Hayle in Bloom by serving tea and coffee during the exchange. 

Thank you ladies and we understand it will be repeated in the autumn with a similar event.


16 June 2009. The judging date for the South West competition has been announced and it is Thursday, 16 July at 0930 am starting at the Loggans roundabout.  There's lots to do!

24 May 2009. After losing so many plants over the unusually cold and wet winter, Penwith District Council and Hayle Town Council came up with £3,500 to restock the gardens.  No sooner were they planted than thieves stole them!  Twice!  Then, last Monday, they turned up - not much worse for wear - at the end of the Memorial Walk.  In the meantime, one of our commercial supporters, Wyevale, had generously offered to provide some replacements. Let's hope we can keep them in the ground for the rest of the season!

Chair Margaret Tanner and our gardening team at Wyevale receiving their generous donation.

23 April 2009. Our treasurer, Pam Northover is getting stuck in preparing her adopt-a-plot.  April was a great month for outdoor work.

30 March 2009. Over 50 'bloomers' from the Southwest were treated to a judge's eye view of the Britain in Bloom competition at the Guildhall in St. Ives.  This included a large contingent from Hayle.  The presentation was a repeat of the Spring Seminar which snow conspired to prevent a lot of people from attending. Jon Wheatley advised Hayle to 'get rid of the chickweed' - advice we have been trying to heed for quite a while!  Efforts will be redoubled. He also said that Hayle has the 'best roundabout in the country'.  Thanks for the interesting advice and comments, Jon.

23 March 2009. The latest version of the RHS Bloom Review magazine is available on the Britain in Bloom web site.  Click here.

27 February 2009. There is always something to do if you are an adopt-a-plotter.  Mel George from U3A is shown here tending the boat in front of the library giving us some wonderful colour, even in February.

Thanks Mel - and all of our adopt-a-plot volunteers.

Mel George planting flowers

24 February 2009. The RHS Finalists' Manual is now available for download.  All Hayle in Bloom members should read this and help us to show off the town in the best way possible.  Click on '2009 competition' on the left.

20 February 2009. Yikes!  The snow was very pretty and the children enjoyed it but, combined with an unaccustomed four days of hard frost, we lost most of our succulents.  Our head gardener's comment:  "It's a planting opportunity!"
Hayle Harbour in the snow
succulents keeled over

27 December 2008. Christmas is over and its time to focus on our campaign for 2009.  Start by reading the RHS briefing information for finalists under 2009 competition and then get the ideas going.
RHS Finalists' Logo

Sign up for the Spring Seminar.  Click here for a copy of the application form.

Eight Trees Add Life to Foundry Square
Following this summer's renovation of Foundry Square, we now have eight new trees to add some natural greenery.The cost of the trees was covered by sponsorship.
trees in foundry square
Hayle in National Britain in Bloom 2009
Hayle in Bloom members were delighted to hear that we are the only town in the South West to be selected to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition in 2009.  The announcement was made at the Penwith 'In Bloom' celebration at the Tregenna Castle Hotel on the 6th of November.  We are entered in the 'Coastal Category for Areas below 12,000 population'. Thsi means that there will be two judgings for Hayle in 2009, the South West competition and the National competition.
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'.

Shown below, Chairman Margaret Tanner holds the cup while head gardener Mike Kemp and Mayoress Lorna Coombe hold the certificates.
hayle in bloom celebrate winning the cup
Photo: Tobi Carver/St Ives Times & Echo/Hayle Times