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Peter J. Martin
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Groomsport - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Britain in Bloom

Friday 31st August 2012

Last week the Mayor and I escorted some members of the Royal Horticultural Society around the Walled Garden in Castle Park. They were on a tour of Bangor [assessing the town for Britain in Bloom]. The newly refurbished Walled Garden is a wonderful asset to our Borough with beautiful flowers, seamless landscaping, a working vegetable garden and also now a coffee shop.

Last week the Mayor and I escorted some members of the Royal Horticultural Society around the Walled Garden in Castle Park. They were on a tour of Bangor [assessing the town for Britain in Bloom]. The newly refurbished Walled Garden is a wonderful asset to our Borough with beautiful flowers, seamless landscaping, a working vegetable garden and also now a coffee shop. If you have not yet had a chance to visit it I would thoroughly recommend it. In addition to the excellent work of Council Officers on the facility I was most struck by the dedicated labours of the volunteers who give up their time to help in the maintenance of the gardens. I had the good fortune to meet many of them on the assessment day and they were only too ready to expand my own rather limited knowledge of gardening and even gave me some hints and tips on starting my own allotment! The judges also watched some primary school children planting rows of peas which I’m sure they will keep a close eye on waiting for the first sprouts of life to emerge. 

Tribute must also be paid to the folk in Kilcooley who the judges singled out for special praise in terms of community involvement. I saw the allotments there myself, whilst at another event on Saturday, and I’m sure the gardeners will literally be reaping their own harvest of vegetables in the future.

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