West Norfolk towns and villages were recognised at the annual Anglia in Bloom Award Ceremony held today (Tuesday) in St Albans.
Hunstanton was once again named the winner of the coastal category, scooping a Gold Award.
King’s Lynn, Heacham and South Wootton also gained Gold. Downham was awarded a Silver Gilt and took the award for the best Community Project for its Worldwide Garden.
Ringstead gained a Silver Gilt, improving on last year’s Silver performance.
This has been an especially busy and successful year for the King’s Lynn in Bloom committee. The Community Allotment, housed within The Walks public park, has flourished and two of the team, Lally Lee and Herbie Knights, have been given the accolade of Master Gardeners by green charity Garden Organic.
The team has also linked up with French artists to create the Arts, Cities, Landscapes project with the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens.
Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet mmber for health and well-being and chairwoman of the Lynn in Bloom Committee, said: “It’s a fantastic result and reflects the huge amount of work people from across our community put in to making this a great place to be. Allotment holders, individuals who adopt beds and create beautiful front gardens that light up their neighbourhoods and local businesses all play their part, as well as the council’s own staff who have really excelled themselves this year, working with French artists as part of the Arts, Cities, Landscapes project to create five striking landscaping projects as well as making sure the parks still look gloriously full of colour as we head into autumn. Well done to all!”
And it has been a similar story in Hunstanton where the In Bloom committee has pulled out all the stops to make the coastal town really shine.
Elizabeth Watson, chair of the Hunstanton in Bloom Committee, said: “We’re delighted to be be named coastal category winner once again and I am really proud of what we’ve achieved. Once again it has been a challenging and exciting year. Last year we faced non-stop summer rain; this year it has been lack of the wet stuff that has been testing us! But we have a really dedicated team of residents and businesses and thanks to their efforts we’ve managed to make Hunstanton look fabulous.
“Searles has kindly sponsored a new ‘boat bed’ on Oasis Way and Paul Robinson of the Artisan Bakery has added further roses to the ones he donated last year to make up the stunning display in the Esplande Garden and really brightened up High Street with his displays.
“The judges were particularly impressed by the level of community support and I would like to pass on my personal thanks to everyone, especially stalwarts Patrick Richardson and Chris Durham, who has made this success possible. Their commitment has been especially important this year, as due to my commitments as mayor of the borough, I have not been able to devote so much time to the campaign. Thank you all.”