Havenstreet celebrated gardening success at a recent awards presentation at village’s White Hart pub.
The parish has scooped ‘Best kept medium sized village’ in the Best Kept Village Association awards, bagging an award and a cheque for £150 in the process. In addition, a commendation has been received from the South East England in Bloom competition.
The Isle of Wight’s High Sheriff Gioia Minghella-Giddens presented the awards to Parish Chairman Veronica Hattersley and White Hart landlady, Anne-Marie Deegan.
Mrs Minghella-Giddens said:
“As a local resident it is a delight to recognise the efforts of the local community to providing fantastic floral features for visitors and residents alike – these awards reflect the hard work of all involved”.
Mrs Hattersley added:
“The Parish has limited resources and this is very much a partnership effort, and the displays continually impress the judges with their originality and colour”.
Havenstreet and Ashey Parish Council maintain the local recreational ground, and are hoping to introduce a meadow this year, as well as the Glade in Ashey. They are also looking to help towards planting around the Community Centre, as well as developing projects with local groups such as the White Hart, over the next year.
Mrs Deegan concluded:
“Havenstreet and Ashey is very much a community led parish, with a family focus and these awards highlight how everyone works together, and share a common purpose”.