Upton Wood is blooming marvellous

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

Town centre
Upton Town Centre Silver Gilt

Small Town
Wareham in Bloom Gold & Winner

Conservation Area
Lytchett Bay View, Upton Gold & Winner

Business Landscape
South Lytchett Manor Camping
and Caravan Park, Upton Gold

Large Cemetery
Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground,
Upton Silver Gilt

Small Cemetery
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