Gardeners strike gold with loveLIFE display
PLYMOUTH has claimed gold at an awards ceremony which also recognised The Herald's health and fitness drive.
Plymouth was awarded gold by the South West in Bloom judges for work including a special garden on the Hoe.
The garden was planted in spring to represent The Herald's loveLIFE campaign and its targets to urge people to take up exercise, lose weight and quit smoking.
Cllr Brian Vincent, the council's Cabinet member for environment, said he was delighted the city had done so well in the competition.
"I'm over the moon we've picked up gold and that so many of our community groups have been recognised for their efforts in making Plymouth a city we can be proud of."
The city was awarded the accolade at a ceremony this week, after judges toured the city in July to view gardens, floral displays, parks and community projects.
Plymouth also won 31 'It's Your Neighbourhood' awards where small, volunteer-led community groups were given the chance to get involved in the annual Royal Horticultural Society campaign.
Five projects to scoop 'outstanding' were East End Community Allotments, Diggin' It!, Penlee Maker View Project, Plympton St. Maurice Civic Association and St. Budeaux church allotments.
South West in Bloom is one of the Royal Horticultural Society's regional competitions that make up Britain in Bloom, the biggest horticultural campaign in Europe.
It is designed to improve and regenerate the local environment by promoting community participation.
The Herald is running the 12-month loveLIFE campaign to encourage people to quit smoking, become healthier and happier.