The Floral Guernsey Award Ceremony took place at Les Cotils where we enjoyed a very good dinner prior to the awards being presented.
The judges arrived at Bean14 Coffee production and were greeted by Sarah Plumley and Marguerite Paul who would accompany them on the chosen route through the parish. George Timmer was the driver of the mini-bus, which had been decorated throughout with flowers. The flowers chosen this year had a Queen’s Jubilee theme and were red, white and blue.
The first stop was a tour around Bean 14 by owner Chris Bader with a cup of coffee. Chris showed the judges the bean plants in his greenhouse which are producing their first crop. The beans for the shops are presently imported and ground on the premises for sale.We then went via Le Bigard to Dave Gorvel’s piggery where Dave gave a talk about his pigs and also spoke about the Guernsey Museum's blue plaque to Denys Corbet, poet and painter, which is situated by his house.
On the way to Petit Bot the tree planting at the ‘Plantation’ was pointed out as the Forest Scouts had planted 30 trees there courtesy of Queux Patio Plants Legacy Project.
Next stop was Petit Bot Bay. We picked up Helen Glencross, Historic Sites Curator and she spoke about the renovation and opening of the interpretation centre at Tower 13. The judges were taken inside and also viewed the flower planters at the bay which had been planted by the Forest Scout Beavers.
We continued to Les Houards Well where the judges were most impressed to see the renovation carried out by Granite Le Pelley and the floral group in this area.
The judges judged the Forest Douzaine Room and then continued to the Forest School where Mr Le Huray (headteacher) and the children were waiting to show the judges all the work they had done at their Gardening Club. The children's enthusiasm was evident.
Then we drove them to Le Bourg and the judges walked around the displays there and Geoff Brouard gave a talk about the area’s history. We stopped at the magnificent display at The Forest Methodist Church and met Brian Guille and Louise Northgrave of the Forest Pre-school. The judges were very impressed with the Brian’s plants which had been grown from seed and pleased to meet the children and see their flower pots.
The tour finished at the Occupation Museum for coffee and homemade macaroons where they met the dead-heading team of volunteers and other members of the Forest Floral committee.
The judges' overall comment was:
"The group benefits from strong leadership and the dedication of the group to ensure their efforts are communicated on a “global” scale. The coffee table book is an exciting innovation and provides a lasting tribute to the work being done in the Forest. The tour was interesting and rounded in its approach, balancing the history of the Parish with current projects and improvements."