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Blooming success of Bay residents

5 October 2015

Torquay retirement living residents from Prince Charles Court are celebrating following a win at the Bay Blooms competition.

Growing Communities

Thanks to funding and support from Sanctuary Housing and the Big Lottery Fund, the gardeners have been taking part in the Riviera Growing Communities project, which has seen them create an eye-catching green haven at Sanctuary’s retirement living scheme Prince Charles Court, including raised beds, fruit trees and greenhouses.

Green-fingered wins

At the Bay Blooms ceremony, residents were highly commended in the Garden Vegetable Patch category and won second prize in the Community Project category.

Support coordinator, Debbie Gale, is very proud of the residents’ green success. She said: “The residents have come such a long way. Since the project first started and they were trained by The Conservation Volunteers, they have created their beautiful garden and have now become self-sufficient.

“We were all thrilled when we found out they’d been nominated, let alone winning the awards! I’d like to congratulate all the residents involved, and it’s thanks to Sanctuary’s ongoing support that this has become such a successful community-led project.”

This project was part-funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

Bay Blooms is an annual garden competition run by TOR2 to award the gardening achievements of householders, schools, hotels, allotment holders and businesses across Torbay.


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