In Bloom judges assess Swaffham’s community efforts

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Anglia in Bloom judges have visited Swaffham to assess the town’s entry in this year’s competition.

Iceni Partnership manager Don Saunders led the delegation which showed the judges around the town, which included Brenda Bowler, who was representing the town council.

The town won a silver gilt award last year and In Bloom officials are hoping to go one better and win gold this time around.

But, at the outset, the judges were made aware that the in bloom part of the title was perhaps a little misleading.

It was explained that the tour was focussed more on a community theme in which nature, and the growing and nurturing of plants and flowers, was being practiced by all age groups.

Flowers in displays were all grown by townspeople and were exclusively of wild plant varieties.

Highlights included Suffield Court and the cemetery, while the schools also did the town proud, with displays by the Junior and Nicholas Hamond academies, as well as the Pre-School.

The Stratton Hotel’s gardens were also a delight, as well as the Escape allotment project and community orchard.

The Escape project supplies vegetables to some of the town’s hotels and restaurants, with money raised going towards running costs.

And the Nicholas Hamond Academy’s caretaker gives up his lunch hour to organise a gardening club for some of the school’s younger pupils.

The results of this year’s competition will be announced in September.