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Hunstanton’s In Bloomers to do battle at a national level

Hunstanton pictures by Elaine Bird

Hunstanton pictures by Elaine Bird

Hunstanton has been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK finals.

Anglia in Bloom judges nominated Hunstanton to take part in the national finals of the competition following the regional stage of judging in 2013.

After a two-year absence, Hunstanton, has once again been invited to take part in the prestigious national competition against 74 other towns after impressing judges with the level of community involvement in a range of engaging projects, a high level of horticultural excellence and a commitment to sustainable gardening.

During the past year, the team of dedicated In Bloomers have once again worked to make the most of the town’s outdoor spaces, carrying out clean-up projects, working to encourage biodiversity and engaging people from across the community in horticultural projects.

Key projects have included the impressive ‘sea’ of wildflowers alongside the A149, which proved irresistible to bees and other pollinators, the community fruit orchard in the grounds of the community centre, which has seen residents young and old ‘digging in’ to cultivate native fruits, impressive floral displays in the High Street by local business, Moss Bakery, as well as the hugely popular formal flower beds of the Esplanade Gardens.

And the coming year is likely to be even busier, as Hunstanton takes on the responsibility of representing the Anglia region on the national stage in the coastal category, where it will be up against Filey and Tenby.

Anyone who would like to get involved in Hunstanton in Bloom is asked to contact cllr.elizabeth.watson@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

In July and August, Hunstanton will be visited by two RHS judges who will go on a tour of local projects.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony in Bristol in October.

Mrs Watson chair of the Hunstanton In Bloom committee, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Hunstanton on a national stage and it is a great reward for the continuing hard work of the town’s ‘In Bloomers’.

“We are very proud of our town and the In Bloom campaign has helped to bring the community together to make the most of the many wonderful outdoor spaces we have.

“The other towns in our category have extremely high standards so we’ll be trying our best to make sure that we stand shoulder to shoulder with them when judging begins in the summer.”

 

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