Truro hosts South West in Bloom Awards 2013
Green fingers itched as awards for the 2013 South West in Bloom competition were given out in Truro last week.
Representatives from towns and villages across the South West travelled to Cornwall to take part in the annual prize giving, which was held at Truro Cathedral last Thursday.
Cornish towns scooped several accolades in this year's competition, which is one of eighteen regional heats that make up the national Britain in Bloom awards.
Truro was given a gold award and retained the Portman Cup for the third consecutive year, narrowly beating their nearest rivals Falmouth.
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Richard Budge, parks manager for Truro City Council said: "This was a complete surprise as with all the road works Truro has experienced over the summer, and with Falmouth's parks looking so good, we didn't expect this result."
Mr Budge, who was been a voluntary judge with South West in Bloom for 12 years, was given a special discretionary award for his outstanding contribution to the competition.
He said: "It was such an honour to receive an award of this calibre and to be recognised by the committee for my efforts."
Falmouth were highly praised and received a gold award in the Portman Cup category and gained 10 outstanding certificates for the in your neighbourhood awards group.
John Wheatley, the South West in Bloom chairman, said: "Falmouth consistently produces some of the best municipal horticultural efforts that I have seen."
Falmouth will be representing the South West of England in October's Britain Bloom Awards.