West Norfolk towns battle to be the best of British in Bloom contest
Two West Norfolk towns will bid to become the best in Britain this year after being nominated as finalists in a national competition.
Both Lynn and Hunstanton have been chosen to represent the Anglia region in the finals of the 2020 Britain In Bloom awards, following their successes in 2019.
The nominations were announced by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which runs the competition, this week.
And West Norfolk Council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds said she was “thrilled” by the recognition.
She said: “Britain in Bloom is a showcase which promotes our towns and encourages visitors.
“It will also inspire many people to want to be involved in maintaining and improving our open spaces.”
Lynn, which won Anglia’s city award for communities of more than 35,000 residents, has been nominated in the category for Business Improvement Districts, town and city centres.
It will be up against places such as Banbury, Blackburn, Leeds and Sevenoaks for the title.
Meanwhile, for Hunstanton, which was named the overall winner of the 2019 Anglia In Bloom competition, the nomination is a swift return to the national level having scooped gold there last year and only losing out to St Andrews in the coastal category.
The resorts rivals in that class include Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, Saltburn in Cleveland and North Berwick in Scotland.
Mrs Nockolds said: “Everyone works so hard to reach this impressive standard and we receive many comments from residents and visitors about how beautiful the gardens look.
“The borough council streetscenes teams look forward to working with the Friends of the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens and other community groups to try to scoop the top accolades for our towns.”
Lynn and Hunstanton are among more than 70 communities across the UK to have been nominated for the awards, which have been running for more than 50 years.
Darren Share, chairman of the scheme’s judging panel, said: “We’re noticing more towns and cities keen to tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges by tapping into the benefits of urban greening, with reasons ranging from concerns about our changing climate and air pollution to turning the tide on high street decline.”
Both towns are due to welcome RHS judges in August and the results are expected to be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester in October.