Surrey Heath Borough Council announced on 3rd October 2017,
Frimley Business Association is celebrating after winning a silver medal in the Britain in Bloom competition. Their competition entry was made in memory of Kevin Cantlon, Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Economic Development Officer, who sadly died in April 2017. Kevin was always very supportive of Frimley’s local businesses.
The Frimley Business Association wanted to do something positive in Kevin’s memory. The project was supported by Surrey County Council’s Improvement Plan which provided a grant for Frimley’s greening project.
This award is even more impressive as this was the first year that Frimley Business Association had entered ‘Britain in Bloom’. A lot of hard work from the whole community went into ensuring Frimley is full of colourful hanging baskets, green planters and beautiful flower beds.
Sarah Jane Croke, from Wedding & Event Services at The Pottery, was instrumental in leading the project. She said: “I am thrilled to bits and over the moon with this award which is a very fitting tribute for Kevin and the support he showed to businesses in Frimley. We can now get our new signs for Frimley which will include The Britain in Bloom logo.”
Natalie Cantlon, Kevin’s wife and a member of staff at SHBC said; “This was a lovely tribute to Kevin and I’m so thrilled they have won this award – it is well deserved!”
The awards are judged around the three core pillars of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom’s criteria:
- Horticultural Achievement
- Environmental Responsibility
- Community Participation
The RHS also states that local Bloom campaigns should consider the entire community, not just the high street or village square and the planting activities should also be sustainable and benefit the community in the long term.
The judging of the Frimley entry took place on 12 July, with the results announced on 21 September.