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BEER: Beer is going for gold

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Following a meeting with the judges of the Britain in Bloom competition, Ursula Makepeace is convinced Beer has the potential to win the big prize.
Mrs Makepeace, who is the chairwoman of the Beer Horticultural Society, met with two of the principal judges, Richard Budge, parks manager of Truro City Council and Steve Clampin, allotments manager of Parks Horticultural Services in Bristol.
The pair visited Beer in 2013 and decided the village’s entry didn’t quite warrant the top award.
Their observations so incensed Mrs Makepeace and her team that they were going to withdraw from the competition but following a letter from the judges and then the recent meeting it seems she will again be spearheading the Beer challenge in 2014.
“Richard and Steve explained all the ‘ins and outs’ of Britain in Bloom and drew our attention to all the details we have to observe,” said Mrs Makepeace.
“It is one thing to read the relevant documents, but it is quite another thing for these matters to be explained by people who are personally familiar with them.
“In particular, as far as judging is concerned, we have to bear in mind that we get 50 per cent of the total marks for horticultural achievement, 25 per cent for environmental responsibility and 25 per cent of the total marks for community participation, which means that it is not sufficient for just three or four people to run the whole show.
“Richard and Steve made it quite clear that, for our competition to be successful, more Beer volunteers have to come forward and help with the preparations for the day of judging.
“So we are always looking for more volunteers to come and help in our campaign to achieve a Gold Medal in 2014, which is the 50th anniversary of the Britain in Bloom campaign.”
It was also decided at the recent meeting to form a group of ‘Friends of the Memorial Gardens’ to make the whole area more attractive for the children, their parents and visitors alike.

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