Tresco Preparing For ‘Britain In Bloom’ Judges

tresco flowersTresco is preparing for a visit by the ‘Britain in Bloom’ judges in July.

Curator of the Abbey Gardens, Mike Nelhams, believes that the publicity that the award could generate would benefit tourism and the floral displays would enhance the visitor experience.

But he says there’s “some work to do,” tidying up after the winter storms caused the worst damage since 1990.

Mike says the trees have taken a real battering from the wind and salt spray, with some pines looking “very sorry for themselves.”

It could take several years for them to recover.

Tresco entered the regional South West in Bloom competition for the first time last year and walked away with several awards. That’s why they’ve been put through to the national finals.

But Mike says Tresco doesn’t fall into the usual image of a ‘Britain in Bloom’ village.

He says he has an aversion to the usual hanging baskets and the last thing he wants to see is a “floral clock.”

The judges actually look at the general standard of horticulture across the whole island, says Mike, something that Tresco does very well and in much more subtle way.

And he says he’d be happy to help St Mary’s or any of the other off-islands if they wanted to enter the competition in the future,

But he says it would need plenty of volunteers in the community to make it happen.