Press Release

22 September 2015

Kent & East Sussex Railway helps village bloom

The village of Ewhurst Green has triumphed in the Britain in Bloom 2015 competition on its first attempt, thanks to the efforts of the local community including the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

At a ceremony in Brighton for the South and South East in Bloom awards, Ewhurst Green in Bloom organisers were delighted to receive three accolades – Silver Gilt, Best Small Village and Best in County. The Best in County award was particularly impressive, as the village saw off competition from the likes of Battle, Brighton and Eastbourne to be judged the best entry in East Sussex.

The judges praised many elements of the village's presentation, including the Kent & East Sussex Railway and its beautiful garden display at Bodiam Station. They said that the railway was doing much to preserve the heritage of hopping and the age of steam, both locally and nationally. Under the 'Environmental Responsibility' part of the assessment, the judges mentioned the railway's attention to the Edith Cavell/Unknown Warrior Coach and the Hop Pickers' Hut.

Bodiam Station was among a number of areas of the village to receive a Certificate of Excellence.

“The results exceeded our wildest expectations, especially since this was our first entry,” the organisers said. “The Royal Horticultural Society does not give out a Silver Gilt award lightly and when we looked at the total points we'd been awarded, we realised that we were only six points away from receiving a Gold award, which made it even more special. None of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our team of helpers.”

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