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St Helier flowerbed wins gold at RHS Tatton Park

St Helier Parks and Gardens Tatton Park exhibit
Image caption St Helier Parks and Gardens won gold and best in show in the flowerbed competition at RHS Tatton Park

St Helier gardeners have won a top prize in the flowerbed competition at RHS Tatton Park in Cheshire.

The St Helier Parks and Gardens' team won gold and best in show for their surfing inspired display.

Bob Sweet, who organises the show, said St Helier was a deserving winner.

"Congratulations to both St Helier and Jersey because the skill and the energy they have displayed with their entry into Tatton and into Chelsea this year has been absolutely stunning," he said.

Dale Hector, from St Helier Parks and Gardens, said: "It is a nice feeling after all the hard work of three days, it is just mentally draining.

"Physically you are alright it is just the attention to detail that takes it out of you."

'Long grass'

The team had to borrow a surfboard from the Jersey Surf Club for the sporting themed flowerbed.

Mr Hector said he thought the judges liked the movement in the long grass on the exhibit.

Earlier this year, the St Helier Parks and Gardens department won silver gilt for its Diamond Jubilee-themed entry at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

They had just 16 weeks to prepare for the Chelsea show after being offered a spot as a late entrant.

Part of that entry, which contained 30,000 plants, went on display at Epsom racecourse in May.

Mr Hector said: "It has taken us 33 years and it is nice just to know that you have done horticulture proud, you are representing the parish and Jersey."

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