Wilcove basks in acclaim of county's best kept village
A TORPOINT village is celebrating after being named the best kept in Cornwall.
Wilcove has won £500 after winning the Best Kept Village competition, sponsored by the Cornwall branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Judging took place in June and July and was carried out by a panel of three judges from the Cornwall Federation of Women's Institutes.
St Neot came a close second, with Altarnun and St Tudy on Bodmin Moor taking third and fourth place respectively.
The villages of Veryan, St Mawgan-in-Pydar and Germoe were highly commended.
Courtenay Smale, the competition organiser on behalf of the CPRE, said: 'Standards of tidiness in the entrant villages remain high and are a credit to all the participants.
"All the villages taking part have demonstrated pride in their immediate environment by participating in the competition and are to be congratulated. This in itself sets them aside from the larger number of villages in the county who do not enter year on year.
"Wilcove's success this year demonstrates that any village, irrespective of size, stands a very good chance of winning the competition."
Patricia Knott, known in the tiny village as Paddy, organised Wilcove's bid for glory and said: "This is great news for the village. I am not sure when the judges visited, but if they came during June, they may have been impressed by our garden walks. I am delighted that Wilcove has got the recognition it deserves."
Mrs Knott said the money may be spent on a garden seat or some new trees.
The winning villages will be presented with certificates provided by the CPRE, and a special presentation will be held in Wilcove in the autumn, when the village will receive an engraved slate plaque from CPRE, a winner's certificate, and the £500 to be put towards a project for the benefit of the village community.
St Neot will receive £300 prize money.