STAFF at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating this week (June 21, 2017) after winning three silver awards and three bronze awards for six of its new plants at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show.
Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, won silver awards for its Phormium ‘Blondie’, Morus ‘Mojo Berry’ and Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ and bronze awards for Edelweiss ‘Blossom of Snow’, Agapanthus ‘His Majesty’ and Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’.
Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to be coming away with six awards at the New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show. During the past six years, the awards have grown and are now seen as the place to find the next best-selling plant for retailers.
“The show is a great place for us to display our new plants for the industry to see and it’s fantastic that six of our new plants have been crowned with awards.”
Phormium ‘Blondie’ won a Silver Award in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. It is a distinct new Phormium, which has a unique weeping habit unlike any other. ‘Blondie’ will grow into a tight clump up to 80cm tall and 60cm wide with a distinct, strongly arching habit, similar to a chlorophytum.
The leaves are variegated with a cream stripe down the midrib and a green margin. ‘Blondie’ is particularly suited to growing in a patio container where it can be left to gracefully arch over the pot.
Adam added: “Morus ‘Mojo Berry’, which is a revolutionary new dwarf variety of Mulberry that fruits at a young age, also won Silver in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. Reaching just 75cm tall and 45cm wide, ‘Mojo Berry’ is a perfect patio plant suitable for any garden.
“It is self-pollinating, fully hardy and fruits on both new and old wood, meaning it will be producing mulberries within the first year as opposed to the usual eight or nine years it would take. Another unique feature about ‘Mojo Berry’ is that it will produce fruit throughout the summer from May until September, not just a three-week period at the end of summer.
“Morus ‘Mojo Berry’ also won 2017 Chelsea Flower Show’s Best New Plant. It was marketed at Chelsea as Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’, but will launch commercially as ‘Mojo Berry’.”
Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Zoe’ scooped Silver for Wyevale Nurseries in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. The plant starts out as green and cream and gradually develops into a bold green and white as the season develops. Deep pink to red flowers are produced all summer long, which creates an eye-catching contrasting display. ‘Little Miss Zoe’ has a very neat, compact and rounded habit, forming a small ball up to 40cm by 40cm over time.
Adam continued: “Another of our new plants we entered in to the prestigious awards was Agapanthus ‘His Majesty’. We were pleased to see it take home a Bronze Award in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. From June through summer, it offers a stunning display with large heads of vivid, deep blue to purple flowers, which are held proudly on slightly taller stems.
“It is a complex hybrid, which gives it vivid colour, strong stems and a long blooming period. It was bred by Rod Richards of New World Plants in Herefordshire.
“Edelweiss ‘Blossom of Snow’ was also awarded a Bronze Award in the Herbaceous Perennials Category. This Edelweiss flowers like no other, not just once but twice a year, in summer and again in autumn.
“‘Blossom of Snow’ has large star-shaped, pure white flowers with a yellow centre, which gives a refreshing look combined with its silvery foliage. It grows to 40cm high and 60cm wide. This perennial is an excellent choice for rock gardens, mixed planting, perennial borders and as solitary in a container.”
Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’ was awarded Bronze in the Shrubs and Climbers Category. It is different from other hydrangea macrophyllas because of its ability to generate different coloured flowers on the same plant. Besides pure blue flowers and pure pink flowers, lavender and shades of all of these colours are produced. This trait becomes more pronounced as the plant ages in the landscape.
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
STAFF at The Bower Inn are celebrating this month (June, 2017) after being named as one of HotelsCombined best places to stay in the UK and within the top 3% of hotels worldwide.
The boutique B&B in Bridgwater has been given the accommodation search company’s Recognition of Excellence for consistently achieving the highest standards of customer satisfaction.
Peter Starling, who co-owns the business with his wife Candida Leaver, explained: “We are thrilled with this award and are very proud of our team. Everyone here works extremely hard on all aspects of running the hotel, pub and restaurant, and to have recognition like this makes it so worthwhile.”
HotelsCombined conducted an extensive survey covering different types of accommodation within the UK to reach their conclusion.
The survey was based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence, which is not a ranking list, but a group of outstanding accommodation providers selected by a strict set of criteria.
The company undertook analysis of customer opinions online and, also, took into consideration the way The Bower Inn staff interacted with HotelsCombined communication team, demonstrating their commitment in providing quick assistance.
The hotel received 266 positive opinions posted by guests online across forums, websites and social media, which were analysed by HotelsCombined and gave a score of 9.3 out of 10.
The hotel is now representing the top 3% of accommodation providers worldwide for customer satisfaction.
Paulina Krolikowska from HotelsCombined UK said: “We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in the UK and The Bower Inn is certainly among them. What is different about the Recognition of Excellence is the way information is gathered and analysed. It all depends on the guest and his or her experience with that particular accommodation.
“With this award, we’d like to make it even easier for every traveller to identify the best hotel for customer service and therefore the best value for their money.”
The Bower Inn has 16 luxury bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All feature vintage furniture and accessories, some dating back to the 1820s, but have all the requirements a modern guest would expect.
“We provide traditional country breaks with contemporary facilities. Guests can enjoy delicious food, sourced from suppliers and producers that are located as near to us as possible, and experience a good night’s sleep in one of our cosy beds, which have Hypnos mattresses and duck down or synthetic duvets, or vintage eiderdowns, combined with fine linens.”
The Bower Inn team prides itself on attention to detail, whether it’s the quality of food or the fixtures and fittings in the bedrooms, or the general ambience and the way they interact with all their customers.
“Our food is ingredient-led and wholesome from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Candida’s bees work hard to make our breakfast honey and we make our own vegetarian sausages on-site or source superb pork ones.
“Our bread comes from a little, local bakery in Bridgwater, which employs traditional baking methods to create its products including using old brick ovens.
“We make our own granola and fresh fruit salad. We serve speciality teas from the region and locally roasted and blended coffee from Clifton Coffee. These are all the sorts of things discerning guests require these days and it’s a pleasure to provide it too, giving Somerset producers and suppliers a boost.”
Candida and Peter took on The Bower Inn in 2010 when it was a rundown and empty country pub.
The 18th century inn is now set in a pretty cottage garden with a large weeping willow and sweet peas and roses in the summer months.
“We’ve spent the past seven years revamping the inn’s fortunes and creating a highly successful pub, restaurant and hotel with an excellent reputation for ambience, customer service and food.
“We’re very flexible and will go that extra mile to welcome our guests and be accommodating. Being a small, friendly, family-run, independent operation means we are open to customer requests and can react quickly and efficiently.”
For further details about The Bower Inn, which is on Bower Lane on the outskirts of Bridgwater just off junction 23 of M5, please call 01278 422926 or visit www.thebowerinn.co.uk.
TWENTY members of staff at a farm shop in Somerset cycled 20 miles last Sunday (May 21, 2017) and raised £1,500 in aid of its two charities of the year.
To tie in with Rumwell Farm Shop’s 20th anniversary and to raise money for St. Margaret’s Hospice and Escape Support Group, staff took part in the bike ride on Sunday, May 21.
Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, said: “We wanted to do a team fundraiser for both the charities, which also linked in with our 20th anniversary and the bike ride seemed like a great idea and something that all the team could take part in.
“It went really well and some of the team even did the ride in fancy dress. Everyone finished the 20-miles but some of us are a bit stiff now. The route started and ended at the farm shop. We cycled to Hillfarrance, Oake and Halse and on to Ash Priors to Fitzhead and then headed home via Milverton and Nynehead.
“We had some keen cyclists in the group but others were beginners so we had a mixed bag but it was just great to see everyone so keen for the fundraiser.
“We’re delighted to have raised £1,500 from the sponsored bike ride. This was split between St. Margaret’s Hospice and Escape Support Group. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated.”
St. Margaret’s Hospice as a charity, has been at the heart of Somerset’s community, for more than 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
Last year St. Margaret’s Hospice, which is based in Bishops Hull, cared for more than 3,200 people across Somerset. To provide this care they need to raise in excess of £7.5 million. Without the generous support of the community, thousands of people facing the challenge of a life-limiting illness would struggle to receive the care and support they need.
Escape Support Group, which is based in Taunton, has been supporting families who have a child, or children, with disabilities or specific individual needs in the Somerset area for 17 years.
Escape’s main aim is to provide fun activities, allowing children the opportunity to experience a positive childhood where they are integrated fully, and are able to share experiences that will enhance and enrich their lives, which other children and families may take for granted.
Escape offers support to families who have a child, or children, with any form of additional need or disability, no matter how mild or severe. A diagnosis is not required to become a member.
Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store, when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate.
Due to customer demand, the range of products soon increased and the farm shop grew into the place it is today. David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business.
Rumwell Farm Shop has a traditional butchery counter selling free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef reared just four miles away on the family farm. There is also a delicatessen, bakery, jam kitchen and food hall.
Home grown potatoes are also still available, when in season, as well as everything from fruit, vegetables and groceries to plants, flowers, gifts and cards.
The Rumwell Cafe, which opened in May 2015, can seat approximately 80 people. The food prepared in the cafe kitchen is sourced from the farm shop, the Mitchell family farm and regional suppliers.
Families are welcome to the cafe and there is a menu especially for children. The cafe also serves afternoon teas, carvery on a Sunday and is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
For more information, please call Rumwell Farm Shop, which is located in Rumwell between Taunton and Wellington, on 01823 461599, visit www.rumwellfarmshop.com, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rumwellfarmshop or log on to www.facebook.com/Rumwellfarmshop.
PEOPLE buying tickets for a charity Casino Night in Weston In Gordano this month (May, 2017) will be entered for a prize draw to win a flight for two to Hong Kong.
The fundraising event for the mental health charity Changes Bristol will take place at The White Hart this summer and each ticket includes entry to a Golden Draw.
Vice Chair and Trustee at Changes Bristol, Alison McDougall, said: “First prize is a flight for two to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. Other amazing prizes up for grabs include train tickets from GWR, tickets for Brittany Ferries and lots of foodie vouchers, so there are plenty of chances to be a winner on the night!”
The evening costs £30 per person. Twenty pounds will go towards a guest’s food, drink and casino chips for the evening and £10 will be automatically donated to Changes Bristol.
Mike Yeatman, who owns and runs The White Hart along with his wife Chris, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help raise money for Changes Bristol with this Black Tie Casino Night. It’s a wonderful charity.
“The price of each ticket also includes live music from the band ‘Rock Bottom’, welcome drinks on arrival, a huge pan of paella for guests to tuck into and a mini bus shuttle service to take local people back home at the end of the evening.
“We’ve just printed the tickets, so they are now properly on sale for the event, which is on Saturday, July 8. Anyone interested in finding out more should visit www.whitehartwig.com or call us on 01275 818702. People can also get tickets from The White Hart or Venga at 24 High Street, Portishead. Tickets are available from Changes Bristol as well, please call 0117 941 1123.”
Changes Bristol runs 10 weekly mental health peer support meetings in Bristol. The service gives people suffering from mental health issues a place to talk about their feelings and the platform to take steps towards improving their lives.
Each of the meetings is run through the kindness of volunteers and users do not require a referral from their GP to attend.
Alison added: “As we’re a small charity, and in this current climate, it is increasingly difficult to receive any type of funding. The donations we receive go such a long way to ensuring that we can continue our mental health services, which so many rely on.
“We’re incredibly grateful to The White Hart for hosting this event and choosing to support us this year. I’d like to extend my thanks in advance to the generous people who buy tickets for this event, which promises to be great fun and if you buy a ticket you could even go home with one of our amazing Golden Draw prizes too!”
The Black Tie Casino Night takes place on Saturday, July 8 at The White Hart in Weston In Gordano in aid of Changes Bristol. The evening starts at 7.30pm and ends at 12.30am.
For further details, please call The White Hart, which is on Clevedon Road in Weston In Gordano, on 01275 818702 or visit www.whitehartwig.com.
Tickets are also available from Changes Bristol by calling 0117 941 1123 or visiting www.changesbristol.org.uk.