We Are Weymouth was excited to enter Weymouth in the Britain in Bloom competition, welcoming judges on 15th July 2021. The national competition recognises communities of all shapes and sizes with a focus on three main criteria: horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation.
We Are Weymouth, Weymouth Town Council, Dorset Council and volunteers have worked tirelessly to get the town ready for judging. Preparation has included extensive planting, painting, cleaning and hanging 311 baskets, throughout the town.
Starting at Greenhill Gardens, judges were escorted along the seafront, through the town and along St Alban Street, past the iconic St Mary’s Church, before heading over the Town Bridge with a short stop to see the bridge in operation followed by a walk along the harbour through to culmination in Hope Square.
Dawn Rondeau, We Are Weymouth’s Chief Operations Officer said: “The work that has taken place throughout the community to prepare the town for the Britain in Bloom judges has been phenomenal.
We chose to take part in this competition after seeing many business owners using their time in lockdown to carry out maintenance and repairs to their properties. We felt that as the changes made during the past year have been incredibly positive this would recognise the endeavours of the business community whilst giving the town a well-deserved boost.
As part of our contribution to the preparations, We Are Weymouth has worked with Weymouth Town Council to highlight the work of the parks and gardens team under the leadership of Tara Williams as well as mobilise teams from both Weymouth and Dorset Council in organising for weed removal, railings to be repainted, bins cleaned or moved, roads and streets deep-cleaned and shop fronts spruced. As well as this, We Are Weymouth provided the beautiful hanging baskets you can see throughout the town – which locals and visitors alike comment on year after year.”