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Britain in Bloom: Yard scoops Gold for the South West

Posted on: 06 Dec 2023

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Sam Kennard
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Royal William Yard is officially blooming brilliant, winning GOLD at the South West in Bloom competition, in the ‘Bloom in Business, Leisure and Tourism’ category. As part of the regional heat of the infamous Britain in Bloom contest, judges celebrated the natural beauty of the Yard, while praising it as a destination that is both elegant and harmonious.

The win cements Royal William Yard’s reputation as a place where both nature and people can thrive. Marked against a range of criteria, judges were particularly Impressed with the Yard’s use of outdoor space in helping to bring the local community together, as well as its range of colourful, blossoming outdoor flora and trees.

Proving that the destination has plenty of flower-power, Royal William Yard also won a SILVER award as part of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s entry. The sea-themed entry was judged on a range of criteria, including floral displays, environmental projects, and business and community involvement.

Welcoming the local community to get involved in the city’s Britain in Bloom bid, pupils from St George’s Church of England Primary School in Plymouth helped to plant colourful flowers at the Yard and took part in activities with award-winning conservation organisation Pollenize.

"It is a proud moment to win both gold and silver awards from South West in Bloom this year. From the avenue of wildflowers that welcomes visitors, to the efforts to bolster biodiversity, the win is a testament to the outstanding work of those who look after and love the Yard.

Royal William Yard has always been a stunning location, where the natural world flourishes alongside amazing architecture and a rich history. We work hard to create and celebrate beautiful spaces here to ensure this is one of the best blooming destinations in the region."
John Ainsworth, Estate Manager for Royal William Yard