Green-fingered folk await judges' ruling
ST ISSEY residents have their green fingers crossed that an award could come their way following the visit of a judging panel from South West In Bloom.
After success last year the St Issey In Bloom group has spent a year working on a range of projects.
Group founders Brenda Wright and Chris Ivins were soon joined by an army of villagers who brought with them a wide range of experience and skills.
Group member Geoff Leend said these included building, baking and fundraising skills as well as horticultural skills and manual labour.
"Since then teams have assumed responsibility for various developments throughout the village with great success," he said. "This has been a village-wide effort and a village success.
"Marjorie Finch led a group of hard-working enthusiasts who established, from scratch, an allotment area which has proved highly productive. A wide range of produce and flowers are being produced on what was previously a piece of underused, scruffy land.
"Other groups, led by John Bickley, have overseen the creation of a number of highly attractive raised flowerbeds around the village while other groups have very successfully created a number of stunning floral displays utilising old bicycles. A very recent addition has been the creation of a life-size scarecrow which many feel is modelled on a well-loved local resident." A heritage trail offers a history of various parts of the village, and there are plans to extend it.
Bath, Bristol, Clifton, Dartmouth, Falmouth and Newquay are the other regional finalists, with the results due to be announced at the end of the month.
The village has also been invited to compete in Britain In Bloom, for which judging will take place separately at a later date.