PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017

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Residents on Tresco Island are celebrating after receiving their first Britain in Bloom awards

Residents on Tresco Island are celebrating after receiving their first national Britain in Bloom awards in October

The island, which is renowned for its extensive flora and fauna, has been awarded Gold in the Small Village category as well as the discretionary Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Award for Conservation and Wildlife.

Home to the world-famous Abbey Garden, Tresco has been recognised for its horticultural excellence throughout the island and for its successful programme of introducing and encouraging breeding of the rare red squirrels on the island.

Tresco holds several South West Britain in Bloom titles, including the South West in Bloom Mary Mortimer Cup, but this was the first year the team entered the national awards. Adam Dorrien-Smith, son of island owner Robert Dorrien-Smith, and his wife Tania collected the awards from Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the Royal Horticultural Society at a glittering ceremony in Bristol.

'We are thrilled to be adding these two prestigious awards to our list of accolades' admits Mike Nelhams, curator at Abbey Garden. 'Whilst the spotlight is often on Abbey Garden I was proud that the judges recognised the gardening efforts across the island. It was also a nice surprise to receive the discretionary award for our work with the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey for our support in re-homing red squirrels on the island – a very popular sight for all our visitors.'

Described by some as a Kew with the lid off’, Abbey Garden and the wider island is a botanical wonderland which brings together a global gathering of plants from over 80 countries. Proteas from South Africa, Acacia from Australia and Passion Flowers (Passiflora) from Peru are just some of the exotic flora that can be seen, thanks to the island’s mild climate.

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