16 August 2017: HMS Raleigh in bloom

Our staff at HMS Raleigh recently took part in a competition, named Raleigh in Bloom, to transform the flower beds in the communal area outside Jutland with support from Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

The teams were given £100 each by the Central Amenities Fund in order to buy materials and flowers to ensure they made the most creative planter. Our team was led by our Site Administrator, Sarah Haddon, who worked collaboratively with DIO and Boden Group Facilities and put their gardening skills to the test.

The teams were advised to use a theme that would last and also attract wildlife, such as bees. Our planter was a tribute to the Royal Navy and had 4 flowers on each corner. Judging the planters was HMS Raleigh’s Commanding Officer, Captain Ellie Ablett and David Fitzgerald from the BBC.

Sarah Haddon, our Site Administrator, said, “I chose to take part in the competition as I wanted to give something back to the site. I walk past those flower beds every day at lunch time and it was about time they had a bit of TLC and what a perfect opportunity to do it. The judging day itself had all the teams out in full force. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but it’s the taking part that counts.”