Dartmouth Green Partnerships won the top accolade for small towns – a Gold Medal and the Ayre Cup in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society South West in Bloom awards, held in Truro Cathedral. DGP’s green gardening volunteers also won the Michael MGathy Trophy for  Exceptional Outstanding Effort.

DGP Chairman, Steve Rogers, who was given a well deserved personal Community Champion Award by the RHS at the event said: ‘Winning the Ayre Cup and the Michael MGathy trophy is a huge achievement. It means we can fly the RHS flag in the community garden with pride for another year’.


DGP volunteers were presented with certificates and the Ayre cup, and Stevie with her Community Champion Award by Lady Emma Fellowes and Truro Mayor Cllr Carol Swaine.

RHS judges Stephen Clampin and Paul Collier visited Dartmouth in early June and were taken around the gardens, riverfront and green spaces which DGP volunteers plant and maintain for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. 

The judges said that ‘’The volunteers make a real impact on the attractiveness of the town for tourists not only through their hard work but by galvanising business, children and the community to join the floral effort’.