Winterstoke Gardens volunteers scoop awards for their hard work

A team of volunteers dedicated to caring for the Grade II listed Winterstoke Gardens in Ramsgate has been commended in this year’s South and South East in Bloom competition.

The Winterstoke Gardens group scooped a Silver Gilt Medal in the Heritage Park and Gardens category, up against well known attractions including Osborne House, Arundel Castle and Hever Castle.

The judges, impressed by the work to bring the gardens back to life, also awarded the group this year’s Judges Award.

Since 2014 Winterstoke Gardens, which opened in 1923, have been cared for entirely by volunteers.

There are regularly 12 to 18 volunteers offering their time up to twice a week, maintaining, cleaning, planting, weeding and grass cutting.

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  1. Once again volunteers save us. They are said to have ‘brought the gardens back to life.’ But why were the gardens dead? Why was the whole of Ramsgate’s seafront left derelict until volunteers and private investors seeking a obvious profit at Ramsgate Sands intervened?
    Step forward and take a bow – Thanet District Council.

  2. Thank you to all the volunteers making Ramsgate a nicer place. How lovely it would be if people also stopped dropping litter and cleaned up after their dogs. Mustn’t distract from this amazing work though. Well done! You’ve made such a difference.

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