Tapper Funeral Service’s Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground has been awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt award in the South and South East in Bloom competition.

The annual competition, which is sponsored by Southern Water, sees more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages across the South and South East showcase their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement.

Following a long process, Harbour View achieved the esteemed award in the large cemetery category, after being submitted by Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council who were also awarded a Silver Gilt in the town category.

Steven Tapper, joint managing director at Tapper Funeral Service, said: “The assessor gave Harbour View 167 out of a possible 200 points, describing it as a ‘well planned and laid out woodland cemetery’.

“It was only three points short of the 170 required for the top gold award, which is particularly pleasing for a first-time entry and a burial ground that is still only seven years old. Credit must go to our manager Rachel and her team for all the hard work they put into maintaining the ground. We also thank Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council for nominating us. ”

Harbour View is no ordinary burial ground or funeral facility; it is fortunate to occupy a position that enjoys a host of wildlife and nature along with dramatic views of the lagoon areas of Poole Harbour, the Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle.