Guernsey Press

Floral St Saviour’s ‘so proud’ of win

ST SAVIOUR’S will be entering Britain in Bloom next year after winning the main award in the Floral Guernsey competition.

Liz Pirouet-Douglas, team leader of Floral St Saviour’s, pictured at the parish community centre. The team were named Floral Guernsey main award winners and will be entering Britain in Bloom next August. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 31294757)

The event is taking place in August next year, and a lot of preparation is required beforehand.

‘Every year previously the Britain in Bloom judges come over and we show them various elements of what we do,’ said Liz Pirouet-Douglas, who coordinated the parish entry with Ali Benfield.

Judging is based on achievements in community, environment and horticultural excellence.

‘We have to touch on and exceed in all three to get gold.

‘We have always previously had silver gilt,’ said Mrs Pirouet-Douglas.

The parish is required to compile a portfolio of floral displays throughout the year and not just those that bloom in the summer months.

She said she was gobsmacked to be chosen as the winner of the Lady Dorey Trophy.

‘I was expecting it to be Alderney because I kept seeing these beautiful pictures and they kept winning awards.

‘I was so shocked – we told judges that we are not perfect but we have done our very best.

‘We were very proud.’

Herm also entered the competition.

‘For us we are a small team, but we work with lots of areas of the community. We rely on so many people to support us, like the National Trust and Guernsey Water.’

The parish was awarded silver gilt for its display at the douzaine room, which judges said enhanced the village centre.

‘The wall planters were immensely spectacular, soothing yet vibrant,’ judges said.