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Horley in Spring competition launched
10:47am Friday 22nd February 2013 in Local News
This year's Horley in Spring Competition has been launched. The annual competition open to green-fingered residents, businesses and community groups, has been launched by Horley Town Council to celebrate spring-time colour in the town.
The contest will again be spit into five categories – those for the best blooms in residential house, residential flat, community, commercial and hanging basket or planter classes.
A spokesman for Horley Town Council said: “We hope that many local residents, businesses and community groups will be keen to enter.”
Certificates will be issued for the winners and runners-up in each class, as well as to the best newcomers.
Entry forms are available from the town council offices at 92 Albert Road, Horley, or can be downloaded from the council's website at: www.horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk The closing date for entries is Thursday, March 28, with judging to take place in early to mid-April, subject to weather conditions. All results will appear on the town council's website at: www.horleysurrey-tc.gov.uk Awards will be presented at the Horley Town Meeting, due to be held at the Albert Rooms, Albert Road, Horley, on Friday, April 26.
The organising committee is following on the heels of the success of last year's Horley in Spring competition, and also the town's continuing success in the regional South and South East in Bloom event. Last summer, the town council won a Silver Gilt Award for the town centre for the second year, and a Silver Gilt Award for Horley Recreation Ground. The recreation ground award was made for the fourth year running. The judges said that they “were most impressed by the passion and the drive shown by Horley Town Council in brightening up the town, particularly in these difficult financial times.” Two years ago, when Horley town centre and Horley Recreation Ground picked up silver gilt awards for their maintenance, cleanliness and floral displays in the regional competition, Horley was one of seven town centres across the South-east to receive a silver gilt award, and the recreation ground was one of just four. South and South East in Bloom promotes, supports and encourages community activity through gardening, horticulture and environmental sustainability.