The hard work of volunteers, community groups, businesses, residents, and the local authorities in Prestatyn has paid off with the town once again being awarded Gold in the prestigious Wales in Bloom contest.
Wales in Bloom is a regional event that falls under the national Britain in Bloom contest, organised each year by the Royal Horticultural Society and designed to encourage community spirit and pride in local areas.
Prestatyn has been entering the regional contest for many years, and achieved Gold for the first time in 2019 - the last contest to take place before this year’s due to Covid – when the town came second overall.
This year the town won first place in the Large Town category and was also awarded a Gold medal.
In July of this year, judge Jim Goodwin returned to Prestatyn to assess the town’s 2021 entry. His Marking Sheet states: “This entry never ceases to impress and has a consistent standard.”
The town scored highly in all categories but did exceptionally well in the ‘Environmental’ section, with the judge's report stating:
“The Dunes, Morfa Wetlands, and the tour along the former railway, now a cycle trail was a revelation.
“Signposts, street furniture and paved areas are generally good, and virtually no litter, or graffiti seen.
“Finally, it would be remiss not to mention the proposals for the Morfa Wetlands, Hedgehog Sanctuary and your impressive Blue Flag beach.
“You have much to be proud of in this section, as you have proved nationally.”
The judge also praised Chair of the Prestatyn in Bloom Committee and Vale of Clwyd MP, Dr James Davies, for his continued “active interest despite parliamentary and constituency pressures”.
“The Committee and all those involved in the Prestatyn entry are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded first place in the Large Town category and to have scooped another Gold award.
"This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the hard work put in by many community groups, businesses and residents throughout the year. Both Denbighshire County Council and Prestatyn Town Council also played a huge part in the entry and really went above and beyond to make sure the town looked perfect for the judge and the start of the tourism season.
“A lot of hard work goes into ensuring that the town is of the highest standard and it really is a team effort with a great many people playing an active role. I thank all those involved for their continued commitment, which helps to boost the wellbeing of residents, and the economic success of the town.
“We all know that Prestatyn has much to be proud of, but it is good to have it verified once again in such a prestigious contest.”