RHS Britain in Bloom judge James Cordingley visited Exmouth to assess Phear Park and Manor Gardens for the Southwest in Bloom ‘Pride in Parks’ 2018 awards.
The day began in Phear Park with stunning views of the Estuary. Streetscene’s Sharon Scott and Neil Dyble showcased the park, which was hopping with visitors even at 9 am. The park caters for everyone with its Lake, Outdoor exercise machines and trim trail, Children’s play parks, Regular events, Par 3 golf course, Bowls club, Tennis courts, Cafe area and wonderful undulating parkland walks which have distant views through beautiful, mature specimen trees,
The newly designed Skate park is also well underway.
Manor Gardens was the second port of call. Sharon was joined by Simon Kennedy to show James around. It looked truly spectacular. The colour from the school beds caught the eye immediately, as did the dozens of hanging baskets.
Large garden games were out on the grass for the school holidays and Exmouth in Bloom’s Pat and Lena could not resist a game of Connect 4.
The jewel in Manor Gardens this year is the magnificent carpet bed laid out to commemorate the Stuart Line Cruises’ 50th anniversary.
The number and variety of trees in the gardens with squirrels playing in the branches, make it a very special place to relax and enjoy all year round.