Stunning success for Wisbech as it sweeps the board at Anglia in Bloom awards - but success too for Chatteris and Benwick

PUBLISHED: 17:03 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:48 12 September 2018

Waterlees in Bloom project: it won gold and best urban area as well many other nomination certificates. The team says it would not have been possible without all the groups that came together to make Waterlees a better place.

Waterlees in Bloom project: it won gold and best urban area as well many other nomination certificates. The team says it would not have been possible without all the groups that came together to make Waterlees a better place.

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Wisbech swept the board at today’s Anglia in Bloom awards - with the ultimate accolade of ‘Best Anglia in Bloom Overall Entry”

Chatteris was among the winners too, picking up gold for their stunning successes across the town. And Benwick picked up silver guilt in the villages section.

Brian Massingham of Wisbech collected a special trophy too – the Mike Ames Award for long and voluntary services.

Bob Ollier chairman of Anglia in Bloom said: “The Anglia in Bloom communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk & Suffolk should be justifiably proud of this year’s achievements.

“This year standards have continued on from last year with excellent awards achieved with 57 gold, 13 silver gilt, six silver and three bronze awarded”

Chatteris in Bloom could be lost if more volunteers are not sought. Here are their displays from this year. Photo: FacebookChatteris in Bloom could be lost if more volunteers are not sought. Here are their displays from this year. Photo: Facebook

Mr Ollier said: “With 57 gold Awards this year, the results were again very close, several entrants were within just a few points, of achieving overall victory.

“I am very pleased to announce that this year’s overall winner of the prestigious title of Best Anglia in Bloom Overall Entry is Wisbech.”

He said Wisbech has achieved:

* GOLD STANDARD

Chatteris in Bloom could be lost if more volunteers are not sought. Here are their displays from this year. Photo: FacebookChatteris in Bloom could be lost if more volunteers are not sought. Here are their displays from this year. Photo: Facebook

* BEST LARGE TOWN

* BEST BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID)

* BEST OVERALL ENTRY AND

* WINNER OF THE ‘ANGLIA IN BLOOM TROPHY

Anglia in Bloom winner Chatteris. Gold it is PHOTO: Courtesy of Chatteris in BloomAnglia in Bloom winner Chatteris. Gold it is PHOTO: Courtesy of Chatteris in Bloom

He said “Congratulations to the Wisbech in Bloom team.”

On October 19 five Anglia in Bloom entries will attend the National RHS Britain in Bloom Finals, which are to be held in Belfast where they will

hear their results announced; Woburn (Village), Bury St Edmunds (Large Town), Wisbech (BID), Norwich (City) and Hunstanton (Coastal).

The 2019 Britain in Bloom finalists from the Anglia in Bloom region will be nnounced on November 7.

Celebrating 11 years of Green Flag status for St Peter’s Church Gardens. Pictured at the front are, from left, Bob Ollier, Parks and Open Spaces Manager at FDC; Wisbech In Bloom secretary Penny Stocks; Cllr Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, Wisbech In Bloom chairman Brian Massingham and Scott Green, horticultural officer at FDC, with Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Peter Human and Janet Tanfield, and representatives from Wisbech Town Council, Wisbech In Bloom, the friends of St Peters Church gardens, and the council’s cleansing staff and horticultural contractor, Tivoli. Picture: Roger RawsonCelebrating 11 years of Green Flag status for St Peter’s Church Gardens. Pictured at the front are, from left, Bob Ollier, Parks and Open Spaces Manager at FDC; Wisbech In Bloom secretary Penny Stocks; Cllr Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, Wisbech In Bloom chairman Brian Massingham and Scott Green, horticultural officer at FDC, with Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Peter Human and Janet Tanfield, and representatives from Wisbech Town Council, Wisbech In Bloom, the friends of St Peters Church gardens, and the council’s cleansing staff and horticultural contractor, Tivoli. Picture: Roger Rawson

George Dawson, chair of judges, said “A community is a winner as soon as it enters

into the campaign. No matter what the British climate throws at us the

entrants in Anglia in Bloom take it all in their stride and make the areas where

they live better places.

He said: “The campaign is not only about flowers as the name In Bloom would suggest. Many different elements are judged, environmental quality, community involvement, biodiversity and the involvement of young people to name but a few.

“I would suggest that one of the definitions of In Bloom is to flourish and if all the various elements of the judging criteria are done well then so will the entry.”

ANGLIA IN BLOOM RESULTS 2018

BEST OVERALL ENTRY AND WINNER OF THE ‘ANGLIA IN BLOOM’ TROPHY

WISBECH

CATEGORY ENTRANTS & AWARDS

VILLAGES (301 - 1000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold Award: FILBY

Silver Gilt: BENWICK: WOBURN:

LARGE VILLAGES (1001 – 2500 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold Award: BLUNDESTON:

Silver Gilt: GOSFIELD:

Silver: HAYNES: WEELEY

SMALL TOWN (2,501 - 6,000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold: FRINTON ON SEA

Gold: AYLSHAM: SOUTH WOOTTON

Silver Gilt: COGGESHALL: REDBOURNE:

Bronze: ATTLEBOROUGH

TOWN (6,001 - 12,000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold: HALSTEAD:

Gold: CHATTERIS:

Silver Gilt: BRANDON: DOWNHAM MARKET: SWAFFHAM:

LARGE TOWN (12,001 - 35,000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold: WISBECH

Gold: BURY St. EDMUNDS: DUNSTABLE: MALDON: HUNTINGDON:

LEIGHTON LINSLADE: RAYLEIGH: ST. IVES:

Silver: SUDBURY:

CITY (35,001 - 200,000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold: KINGS LYNN:

Gold: NORWICH:

Silver: WELWYN GARDEN CITY:

URBAN COMMUNITY

Winner and Gold: WATERLEES (WISBECH):

Silver: MOOR (OXMOOR) HUNTINGDON:

COASTAL (UP TO 35,000 RESIDENTS)

Winner and Gold: HUNSTANTON:

Gold: GREAT YARMOUTH:

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BID)

Winner and Gold: WISBECH:

HISTORIC & HERITAGE PARKS

Winner and Gold: AUDLEY END HOUSE AND GARDEN:

Gold: WREST PARK AND GARDEN:

PARKS (Large Over 10 Acres)

Winner and Gold: PRIORY GARDENS DUNSTABLE

Gold: ABBEY GARDENS, BURY ST. EDMUNDS: EATON PARK, NORWICH:

MENTMORE PARK & MEMORIAL GARDENS LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

NOWTON PARK, BURY ST. EDMUNDS: PAGES PARK, LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

TINDERFOOT WATERSIDE PARK, LEIGHTON LINSLADE: WISBECH PARK:

PARKS (Medium 5 to 10 Acres)

Winner and Gold: HALSTEAD PUBLIC GARDENS

Gold: GROVE HOUSE GARDENS, DUNSTABLE: KING GEORGE V PLAYING

FIELD, RAYLEIGH: PARSONS CLOSE PARK, LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

Silver Gilt: LINSLADE RECREATION GROUND, LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

PARKS (Small under 5 Acres)

Winners and Gold: NICHOLAS EVERITT PARK, LOWESTOFT:

Gold: ST. PETERS CHURCH GARDENS, WISBECH: CRESCENT GARDENS,

FRINTON-ON-SEA:

Silver Gilt: KENSINGTON GARDENS, LOWESTOFT:

CHURCHYARDS, CEMETERIES & CREMATORIUMS

Winner and Gold: MINTLYN CREMATORIUM, KINGS LYNN:

Gold: DUNSTABLE CEMETERY: FILBY CHURCHYARD: HARDWICK ROAD

CEMETERY, KINGS LYNN: HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD – RAYLEIGH: OLD LINDSLADE CEMETERY, LEIGHTON LINSLADE: VANDYKE ROAD

CEMETERY, LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

Silver Gilt: THE GENERAL CEMETERY – WISBECH:

Silver: HALSTEAD CEMETERY:

BEST WOODLAND

Winner and Gold: LINSLADE WOOD, LEIGHTON LINSLADE:

Silver Gilt: DANBY WOODS, NORWICH: WYBURN WOOD (RAYLEIGH)

BEST PUBLIC HOUSE

Winner and Gold: THE ADAM AND EVE (NORWICH)

Gold: THE GOLDEN BELL, LEIGHTON BUZZARD: THE SHIP INN, LEIGHTON

LINSLADE:

THE HARE INN, LEIGHTON BUZZARD: THE STAG LEIGHTON BUZZARD:

THE WHALEBONE, NORWICH:

Silver Gilt: THE BLACK LION, LEIGHTON BUZZARD:

Silver: WHEATACRE WHITE LION, WHEATACRE:

Bronze: THE SUGAR LOAF PUBLIC HOUSE, DUNSTABLE:

BEST HOTEL

Winner and Gold: GUNTON HALL COASTAL HOTEL (LOWESTOFT):

Gold: WARNERS CORTON COASTAL HOLIDAY VILLAGE HOTEL, (CORTON):

Silver Gilt: THE GOLDEN LION (HUNSTANTON):

BEST RESTAURANT

Winner and Gold: SWAN AND ANGEL RESTAURANT, ST IVES:

GOLD: FILBY BRIDGE RESTAUARANT: NOTCUTTS GARDEN CENTRE,

RESTAURANT, NORWICH:

BEST NEW ENTRY

BRANDON

MOST CONSISTENTLY IMPROVED (OVER LAST 3 YEARS)

SOUTH WOOTTON

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Mike Ames Award

In recognition of long and voluntary service given by individuals to local and

regional In Bloom communities

Nominations are:

MELANIE LESSER (BURY ST EDMUNDS)

BRIAN MASSINGHAM (WISBECH)

CHRISTINE STEVENS (WATERLEES)

THE MIKE AMES AWARD GOES TO

BRIAN MASSINGHAM (WISBECH)

THE BIODIVERSITY AWARD

WOOTTON PARK, SOUTH WOOTTON

THE COMMUNITY PROJECT AWARD

GRAPES HILLCOMMUNITY GARDEN, NORWICH

THE CONSERVATION PROJECT AWARD

THE VICTORIAN FERNERY, WELWYN GARDEN CITY

THE DROUGHT/ SUSTAINABLE GARDEN AWARD

THE PLANTATION GARDEN, NORWICH

THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AWARD

FILBY

THE FLORAL DISPLAY BY AN INDIVIDUAL/COMMUNITY AWARD

MAY COTTAGE, KINGS LYNN

THE GARDEN FOR SPECIAL NEEDS AWARD

THE BRIDGE PROJECT, KINGS LYNN

THE SHELTERED HOUSING/CARE HOME GARDEN AWARD

SUFFIELD COURT, SWAFFHAM

THE GROW YOUR OWN AWARD

SOUTH WOOTTON INFANT SCHOOL

THE INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL AREA AWARD

SARAHS TEA ROOMS, GREAT YARMOUTH

THE LOCAL AUTHORITY FLORAL DISPLAY AWARD

CENTRAL BEDS, ABBEY GARDENS, BURY ST EDMUNDS

THE PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AWARD

THE WALKS, KINGS LYNN

THE BILL WEBSTER YOUNG PERSONS PROJECT

(AGED UNDER 12 YEARS OLD)

PECKOVER SCHOOL, WISBECH

YOUNG PERSONS PROJECT (AGED12-18 YEARS OLD)

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