Green-fingered work pays off
PUBLISHED: 15:16 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:14 28 May 2010
CHATTERIS is celebrating after scooping a silver award in the prestigious Anglia in Bloom competition. A dedicated band of green-fingered volunteers battled against the odds to impress the judges and win the coveted award. It is only the second time the t
CHATTERIS is celebrating after scooping a silver award in the prestigious Anglia in Bloom competition.
A dedicated band of green-fingered volunteers battled against the odds to impress the judges and win the coveted award.
It is only the second time the town has entered the competition and after gaining a bronze medal last year the pressure was on to go one better.
Diane Baldry of Chatteris Town in Bloom said: "The work of the small but dedicated band of volunteers has paid off and the 5am starts and 10pm finishes by the watering team, all the heartache and tears of the small band of tub planters has done the trick and the judges were very impressed."
Mrs Baldry said this summer's weather had presented a real challenge to the team. She said: "It has been a total nightmare. First there was a cold spring and the plants were late in developing then plants in the baskets got burned in the strong sun and it was absolutely horrendous keeping them watered. We even used water from some private wells to keep them going."
Awards were presented this year by David 'Diddy' Hamilton.The judges also gave a highly commended to the gardens in front of St Peter's Church. That award was collected by Sue Elam together with a representative of Fenland District Council as project was a joint venture.
Mrs Baldry said: "Getting a bronze in our first year was pretty good going but there are people who have been entering the competition for years and are only now getting a silver. We are going ahead with all guns blazing now for next year and our 2007 calendars are already on sale to raise funds.
"I think we have been successful in encouraging people to come into the town. People used to drive straight past Chatteris but now it is looking brighter and has a better environment even the businesses are reporting they are doing better."
* For further information on the work of volunteers contact Diane Baldry on 07710 635712.