Congratulations to the City of Canterbury after receiving a Gold Award at the Royal Horticultural Society’s South and South East in Bloom finals.
After success in last year’s regional competition the City has also entered the 2017 National competition where they will be pitted against 72 other entries in the Small City category.
The theme this year was biodiversity and RHS judges visited several sites across Canterbury including the Cathedral Precincts where they were shown around the gardens by Head Gardener, Philip Oostenbrink.
“At the Cathedral the judges were shown our bumble bee hives,” said Philip. “We spoke about sowing wild flowers in areas that were not in use and I showed them the new Friends’ borders.
“Finally we went into the herb garden where I spoke to them about a new herbal project we are doing with the Archives which involves using Near Field Communication technology to link plants in the Herb Garden with digital entries from a 1597 edition of Gerarde’s The herball or generall historie of plantes. I was able to show them the first NFC labels we had activated which gained really positive comments.”
Previously Canterbury had won Silver (2012), Silver Gilt (2013), Gold (2015) and Gold (2016) at regional level. We must now wait until 27 October to find out the results of the national awards.
Congratulations also go to Canterbury Christ Church University for picking up a Gold Award for their grounds and gardens.