GALLERIES: Bloomin’ Marvellous - Wisbech leads the way as Fenland shines at Anglia in Bloom
WISBECH has triumphed in Anglia in Bloom once again today - picking up its fourth consecutive gold and winning back the prestigious large town award.
The Capital of the Fens, which was also handed the award in 2008 and 2009, recaptured the title from Huntingdon which won last year despite Wisbech maintaining its gold standard.
Volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain floral displays across the town and their work paid off - with the incredible victory announced at a ceremony held in Colchester, Essex.
Around 400 people attended the awards, with mayors and civic heads gathering to celebrate the region’s most attractive areas.
Wisbech’s success was reinforced in the urban community category, where Waterlees was handed a silver award.
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MARCH were hot on Wisbech’s heels in the large town category - for towns with between 12,001-35,000 residents.
They followed up their success in last year’s contest - where they claimed the most improved entry - by winning a deserved silver award.
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CHATTERIS enjoyed another successful year with a silver gilt in the town category (6,001-12,000 residents) and a string of other nominations.
The town took the same award as last year, finishing behind eventual category winners Halstead, but a host of community projects were also recognised.
Meeks Cemetery was nominated for a biodiversity award while the town also earned itself a nomination in the environmental quality award.
Glebelands School was also nominated for the best young person’s project (under 12 years).
PARSON Drove claimed a magnificent silver gilt award in the large village category (1,001-2,500 residents).
The village’s playing field also earned a nomination in the best public open space award - finishing behind eventual winner The Walks, in King’s Lynn.
The 2012 Britain in Bloom finalists from the Anglia in Bloom region will be announced at the regional seminar held during November.
To find out more about Anglia in Bloom visit www.angliainbloom.co.uk
BOB Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom and parks and open spaces manager at Fenland District Council, said: “Another stunning year of horticultural displays across the six counties of the Anglia Region.
“We have had one of the best summers for several years with many weeks of hot weather. This has been evident throughout the regions with many superb floral displays, an increase in excellent community work and very high standards achieved within the local environment.
“The achievements by the entrants this year saw an impressive 10 Gold, 29 Silver Gilt, 18 Silver and 3 Bronze awards given by the judges.
“I wish to congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England for the enthusiasm, commitment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region.
“It is a great credit to you all, remember by taking part you are all winners – well done.”
GEORGE Dawson, chairman of judges, said: “A community is a winner as soon as it enters into the campaign. It seems that every year the British climate tries to wreck all the efforts that the communities do to improve their areas.
“However as the awards show, it seems it makes no difference as standards have actually improved again. Well done, may it long continue.
“The campaign is not only about flowers. Many different categories are looked such as environmental quality, community involvement, biodiversity and the involvement of young people to name but a few.
“Community involvement seems to be the key to success, when everyone is involved the rewards are tremendous.”