Royal recognition for hard-working Portishead In Bloom's volunteer team
PUBLISHED: 11:55 06 June 2019
Barry Gunter 2015
Volunteers from Portishead have received royal recognition, earning praise for their hard work to improve the town.
Portishead In Bloom has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade voluntary groups can receive.
The volunteers gleefully accepted an invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace last month along with other organisations which earned the prize.
The group's dedicated members have given up countless hours across more than two decades to spruce up the town, winning a slew of awards in the process.
Portishead In Bloom has received a gold award from Britain In Bloom for 11 consecutive years, ensuring the town is always looking its best.
In addition to adding pretty touches to public places around Portishead, the group has also been praised for taking on and improving areas like Rodmoor Gardens and the potager garden in Station Road.
Chairman Ian Murphy said the group was 'delighted' to receive the award.
He said: "We are honoured our group's work to keep Portishead looking good has been recognised.
"It's a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, past and present, who give over 5,000 hours of their time every year.
"Thanks are also due to past chairmen Gordon Randall, under whom we were awarded our first Gold in South West In Bloom, and Sandy Tebbutt, who built on this to achieve three Gold awards in the national Britain In Bloom competition.
"We are very grateful for the support we receive from the people of Portishead: it's a great community."
Portishead In Bloom - which is preparing for the visit of South West In Bloom's judges next month - will be presented with its award by Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, later this month.
A busy summer for the volunteers continues this weekend, with an open gardens showcase on Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Murphy added: "This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year. There will be 16 gardens open, including five for the first time.
"All of them are very different in size and style."
For more information, log on to www.portisheadinbloom.org.uk