Falmouth's pride in its parks and gardens has been rewarded once again as the town scooped two awards at last week's South West in Bloom awards along with seven It's Your Neighbourhood community accolades.

The town's mayor, Grenville Chappel and his wife June, led a delegation from the town attending the awards' ceremony in Torquay. They were joined by representatives from Falmouth Town Council, Cormac and Mission for Seafarers.

Falmouth was awarded an RHS Gold medal, as well as the Plantscape Trophy for the best seaside entry in the South West. All seven entries from Falmouth to the It's Your Neighbourhood scheme - Mission to Seafarers, St Francis School, Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Queen Mary Gardens, Boscawen Fields Action Group and Kimberley Park - were all rated outstanding.

Mr Chappel said: "I'm just so pleased that the efforts of our residents and partner organisations have been recognised as the best. We all love Falmouth and it's really a great place to live."

The feedback from the judges praised the passion shown by the town's community and the depth of knowledge and enthusiasm displayed by the staff which, they said, was “unique to Falmouth.” They were impressed by the “innovative and creative planting,” commenting that the parks in Falmouth are "without doubt some of the finest in the UK.”

The awards are a testament to the unique partnership which sees the town council's parks team, Cormac's garden team, Biffa, Falmouth BID, GLL, Pendennis Castle and members of the town’s community groups, all work together.

Jacqui Owen, community engagement officer for the town council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Falmouth. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive and enthusiastic community who put so much time and effort into making Falmouth the vibrant place that it is.

"Even though we are only able to show the judges a small section of the inspiring projects around the town involving individuals, voluntary groups and organisations in the short time that we are allotted, the judges were overwhelmed by the great sense of pride that we all share in the town.”