Burry Port is in with a shout at the annual Wales in Bloom Awards following an enormous amount of work by numerous organisations and locals in Burry Port making the town a veritable garden of Eden.
Local schools and organisations such as Incredible Edibles, Pembrey School and the local council have been busy planting throughout the town and creating beautiful flower beds, shop displays and even vegetable gardens where locals can go along and ‘help themselves’.
John Woods a judge for Wales in Bloom was in Burry port yesterday, Thursday (Jul 6) casting a keen eye over the work. He said he was extremely impressed and would be judging the town on horticultural achievement, environmental factors and community involvement. John was giving nothing away but said that the town had done an incredible job and that the awards ceremony would take place in Burry Port later in the year.
He said: “I can’t give anything away but it has been a very enjoyable visit. I have seen an awful lot of positives.”
Burry Port has also won a tourism award at the Royal Welsh Show for improving the green environment and attracting tourists.
Helen Jacob head of Pembrey School said: “The children of the school have been heavily involved in the gardening and design. The school staff have also worked hard and it has engaged the children in many areas of education.”
Cllr Shirley Matthews gave Llanelli Online some of the background on how it all started She said: “Five years ago we started planting flowers. We did more and we had Wales in Bloom judges asking us to enter. We entered and won an award. We have grown from strength to strength. Last year we did the lighthouse on the roundabout. This year we developed the Memorial Garden on the theme of the Armed Forces.”
Cllr Moria Thomas spoke about the involvement of the community. She said: “We have so many organisations involved and helping out. Everyone has got involved. Entering Wales in Bloom has helped as we now have criteria and a structure. People are attracted to Burry Port. it is a beautiful town.”
Mayor of Burry Port David Owens said: “It is a huge accolade if we win. We won this section during the last couple of years. Everyone has worked hard and it has paid off.”
Look out for our filmed interviews with local councillors, the Burry port mayor and Incredible Edibles.