Cutbacks hit St Ives Britan in Bloom bid

Town Mayor Ron Tulley and Tony Mason
Image caption Town Mayor Ron Tulley and Tony Mason stand at the St Ives Guildhall minus its hanging baskets

Council cutbacks are being blamed for the failure of a Cornwall town to enter the Britain in Bloom competition.

St Ives Tourism Association said it had been a regular winner in the nationwide contest but 90% of its hanging baskets and window boxes had now gone.

Cornwall Council previously looked after such facilities but said it could no longer afford the service.

Tony Mason, St Ives Tourism Association secretary, said it "takes away from the look of the town".

In 2010 the town won a silver gilt award in the coastal category.

Mr Mason said: "In previous years we've entered the Britain in Bloom competition and we usually win or get a silver medal."

Not all councils across the South West have cut their horticultural budgets.

A floral display has been planted by South Hams District Council at the Royal Avenue Gardens in Dartmouth at a cost of £1,200.

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