In 2018, Denbigh in Bloom entered a programme run by Wales in Bloom, called "It's Your Neighbourhood." Rather than being a competition, it gives communities to showcase the areas that they have worked on and improved. We were overwhelmed when we were awarded 'Outstanding' - the highest accolade. So we decided, on the judge's advice, to enter the Wales in Bloom competition.
In July 2019, Denbigh was visited by one of the Wales in Bloom judges. They were taken on a tour around key points in Denbigh, so they could view some of the projects that we have worked on over the last few years.
The walking tour briefly consisted of Crown Square, the High Street and Bridge Street, Temple Bar and the newly planted telephone box. From there, by car, the judge was taken to visit the roundabouts that border Denbigh and on to Trewen. After the tour, the judge met with the volunteers over refreshments.
The judge scrutinises everything - not just the plants! So we had to ensure that everywhere was free of litter and weeds, that all the street furniture was clean and free of chipped paint. We had to ensure spaces were clear of graffiti and everywhere looked its absolute best. And that was all before we checked the plants were all looking happy and healthy!
Prior to judging, volunteers and the wider community took part in lots of sessions to paint railings, bollards, bins and benches. There were litter picks and weeding parties too. Everyone was so incredibly supportive and Denbigh in Bloom volunteers were overwhelmed with the support that we received from the whole community.
In September we found out that we had been awarded Gold and won the Best Town in Wales category. We are still reeling from the shock, but we are so delighted! As a result of our efforts, we have been invited to represent Wales in the Britain in Bloom competition in 2020 and we are up for the challenge!