Keeping Battle vibrant and colourful from spring to autumn has resulted in a top accolade for its team of gardeners in the highly competitive South and South East in Bloom.

Battle Town Council has been presented with the gold small town award by Darren Maxton, Operational Sites Manager, South East Water, at a ceremony held in Brighton.

The announcement follows a visit to Battle from the contest’s highly qualified judges who were using a tough criteria to look at the efforts which had been made using flowers and plants to improve the local environment.

South and South East in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving hundreds of communities each year regardless of size.

In presenting the award Darren said: “As a major landowner in the south east, we have a responsibility to educate people about the importance of caring for our environment including using water wisely specially when gardening.

“We are pleased to support the South and South East in Bloom as this competition encourages communities to also care for their environments using gardening and horticulture as their foundation and often without easy access to water.”

Peter Holman, Chairman, South and South East in Bloom said: “Yet again, across the South and South East, local communities have been producing marvellous colourful displays of an extremely high standard making the jobs of our judges extremely difficult.”

Caption: Darren Maxton, Operational Sites Manager, South East Water, (right) and Joe Talbot, presenter of Digit on BBC Surrey and Sussex present the gold award to Mayor of Battle Cllr Glenna Favell.

For other winners, visit the South and South East in Bloom website: https://www.sseib.com/downloads-2014/

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