Chris Bavin meets the Clovelly Bloomers, who are determined to win gold despite having to garden in the extremely steep landscape of this ancient Devonshire fishing village.
Chris Bavin heads to the Devon coast to meet the Bloomers of Clovelly, a tiny village clinging to a 400ft cliff edge. They have been competing in Bloom since 2012, when a flood devastated their ancient cobbled street, and the residents decided to do something to keep the community together. This year, they have extra special plans in an effort to impress the judges and continue their winning streak. Firstly, the walled garden on the main road into the village will be planted up with fruit and vegetables to make the village partly self sufficient. Next, the visitors centre at the entrance to Clovelly is transformed into a colourful outdoor space for tourists and locals alike. Finally, the centre of Clovelly will be filled with thousands of flowers to a gold standard. But Clovelly is not like any other village - its steep landscape and lack of access means that gardening is a major challenge for its residents.