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The South & South East in Bloom Awards brought great news for Sandown, being declared South & South East in Bloom’s Small Coastal Resort of the Year 2019, with a Silver Gilt Award.

The judges particularly commented on the diverse and broad community activities they were shown, from the work of The Bay CE School Community Kids at Sandown Station, the School and the Briars Nursing Home, to the varied activities of Sandown Green Town Volunteers which included Christmas tree decorating with recycled materials as well as flower bed and street maintenance.

The work of the Common Space in opening up green space at the back of Browns Golf Course, enabling residents to get closer to nature, and ‘the Men in Sheds’ initiative was also praised.

Highly commended were the horticultural achievements of local businesses such as Glory Arts and the Montpelier Guest House as was that of Sandown Bowls Club.

In the South & South East in Bloom’s ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ category, Sandown Green Town Volunteers were awarded an ‘Outstanding’ for both the Pier beds and for Eastern Gardens. Just behind them the Library Roundabout site was classed as ‘Thriving’. In their first year of entry, Sandown Bowls Club was also classed as ‘Thriving’, an excellent start for them.

Ben Holbrook, Deputy Chair of Sandown Green Town Volunteers said:

“We were especially pleased that whilst noting that some areas of the town are in need of improvement the judges recognised the hard work, pride and enthusiasm shown by the children, volunteers, individuals and civic members they met on their tour of Sandown.

“After such a huge amount of hard work in the build-up to judging and throughout the year we are so pleased that our hard work has paid off for us and the town and that our work has improved the town for both residents and all those that come and visit, it is especially pleasing after Sandown Bay won the Country File Beach Of The Year earlier in the year too!”

The Montpelier also won Sandown in Bloom for best hotel/guesthouse garden.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on the Isle of Wight look no further you’ve found it.


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