Upton Wood won a Gold Award in the 2016 South & South East in Bloom Awards.
The Wood, near Upton Country Park, received the prestigious gold award for the “Small Conservation Area” category.
Purbeck District Council owns and manages the site and co-ordinates the volunteer activities which see local volunteers and residents working hard to maintain and improve the Wood.
The Wood had previously won Silver Gilt in the award scheme, so the District Council was particularly pleased with this year’s achievement.
Councillor Peter Webb, Environment Portfolio Holder for the council said: “We are always delighted to win the award and this year’s gold is even more pleasing. It wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteer groups, schools and local residents who work hard to maintain and improve the Wood.
“The award also recognises the hard work of officers from Purbeck District Council.”
Councillor Webb continued: “The annual South & South East in Bloom Awards Scheme is a great opportunity to showcase Upton Wood.”
Upton Wood scored 172 points against a maximum of 200 over a number of categories, including:
· Making way for people, which included access for people with disabilities and availability of public information
· Welfare of users, including safety and control of anti-social behaviour
· Range of facilities and maintenance and provision of benches, litterbins and dog bins
· Conservation, including flowers, ponds and woodlands
· Community participation, recognising the involvement of local people and educational opportunities
The Wood joins other South & South East in Bloom winners from around the district:
Upton in Bloom Silver Gilt
Upton Town Centre Silver Gilt
Wareham in Bloom Gold & Winner
Lytchett Bay View, Upton Gold & Winner
South Lytchett Manor Camping
and Caravan Park, Upton Gold
Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground,
Upton Silver Gilt
Upton Cemetery, Upton Silver Gilt
Lady St Mary Church, Wareham Silver Gilt
The Community Conservation Award
Wareham in Bloom
The Greener Streets – Better Lives Award
The Beacon Community Art Garden, Upton in Bloom
Clean & Green for the Queen
Wareham in Bloom
The Outstanding Contribution Award
June Richards, organiser of Upton in Bloom