Tresco Gets Gold In Britain In Bloom

tresco flowersTresco Estate could need a bigger trophy cabinet soon.

The island has gained gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom awards for a second time.

Tresco first entered under the Small Village category last year.

Even though it’s not a traditional village, judges apply the same principles when they inspect public spaces and gardens around the community.

After their 2014 award Abbey Gardens curator Mike Nelhams said the judging went beyond what was publicly on display and includes checks on both environmental and community credentials.

The Estate is on a winning streak at the moment.

Last week Tresco’s spa was shortlisted in the Wellbeing and Spa category at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and the estate’s Bryher hotel, Hell Bay, also made the final in the Small Hotel of the Year category in the county competition.

It’s the third time they’ve made the shortlist and the hotel won the Best in Cornwall award in 2013 and 2014.

Success next month would be the first part of a three-stage process. Hell Bay would go onto the South West finals and if successful there, they’d enter the national awards.

They were highly commended in the England finals in Newcastle this May.

Speaking to Radio Scilly yesterday Manager Phillip Callan said that he was listening to customers more than ever and trying to be more flexible.

Philip has noticed that there’s been a shift in dining arrangements this year. Previously parents preferred dining later together after the kids but this year more families want to dine together.

And, with the success of the pop-up Crab Shack more people are booking bed-and-breakfast packages.

Philip says winning the award for the third time would be “the icing on the cake“ as the hotel has had its best season and has been practically full between May and September, with just the odd night available.

The Cornish awards will be held in Newquay on 12th November.