Portishead in Bloom wins gold award at national competition

PUBLISHED: 12:02 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:21 22 November 2017

Former North Somerset Times reporter Tracey Fowler with the John Daws Cup.

Former North Somerset Times reporter Tracey Fowler with the John Daws Cup.

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Portishead In Bloom received national awards on Friday following another record-breaking year for the group.

Britain In Bloom judges enjoyed a trip to North Somerset in August and were so impressed with what they saw they handed Portishead a gold medal in the champion of champions category.

Sandy Tebbutt also received a community champion award to reflect her incredible work for Portishead In Bloom over recent years.

The two prizes were handed out at a celebration evening on Friday and reflect a hugely successful year for the organisation after winning a 10th gold medal in the South West in Bloom competition last month.

Portishead In Bloom held its annual meeting on Friday and it saw the John Daws Cup presented – a prize which commemorates outstanding community work.

This year, it was won by former Times journalist Tracey Fowler.

Flower show general secretary Linda Hodgetts nominated her for the award.

Linda said: “Most people know Tracey for her role as a reporter for the Times and more recently editor of the Resident magazine, however you may not know that Tracey works tirelessly supporting various community organisations and events around the town including the flower show, carnival, Portishead In Bloom, the Christmas lights and the youth centre.

“She is very modest about her work and I will probably be told off for nominating her.”

Tracey says she is honoured to receive the award but was somewhat taken aback to be nominated.

She said: “Of course I am honoured and delighted to receive this award but don’t really feel worthy, there are others who do so much more.

“It is my pleasure to help wherever I can as I feel Portishead has a very special community spirit.

“I am a great believer in the need for everyone to give a little back to their community, especially when, like in Portishead, it has so much going for it.”

The cup was created in memory of John Daws, one of the founders of Portishead In Bloom.

Previous winners include Portishead Christmas Lights committee, carnival organisers Jemma Cooper and Wendy Watkins and those who helped save the lido from closure.

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