Joy as Hunstanton takes a national In Bloom Gold
Hunstanton is celebrating after scooping another gong in this year’s national In Bloom campaign.
The seaside town’s latest accolade was a Gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom awards ceremony held in Belfast.
Hunstanton was one of five finalists chosen to fly the flag for the region following success in the Anglia in Bloom competition the previous year.
It won gold in the coastal town with less than 12,000 population in a category won by East Haven, in Scotland.
A total of 76 towns and villages from across the UK competed in 12 categories with each also vying for a gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medal.
As well as Hunstanton’s Gold the region’s entries also saw success with Wisbech winning the Business Improvement District (BID), Town and City Centres category and Bury St Edmunds also winning Gold.
Woburn and Norwich added to the medal tally with a silver and silver gilt respectively. All of the groups battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record with communities nationwide fighting to keep blooms alive.
Hunstanton impressed judges with its imaginative green space design, seamlessly combining formal beds and crazy golf, as well as a heritage orchard of ancient apple, pear and cherry varieties.
Finalists were judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility with the RHS judges visiting communities from the end of July after months of hot and dry weather.
Darren Share, chairman of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “This year’s finalists faced the most challenging conditions the competition has ever seen with much of the country under snow and ice at the start of spring followed by the joint-hottest summer on record.”