Vintage farming display charms Anglia In Bloom judges

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 July 2016

In Bloom volunteer Julie Smith with judges Terry Bane and Chris Durham at St Peter's Church, Chatteris.

In Bloom volunteer Julie Smith with judges Terry Bane and Chris Durham at St Peter's Church, Chatteris.

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An "agricultural garden" decorated with vintage farming tools was one of the imaginative displays that caught the eye of the Anglia In Bloom judges as they continued their tour round Fenland last week.

It was the standout item on the visit of judges Terry Bane and Chris Durham to Benwick on Friday.

Jill Hindle, one of the village’s In Bloom group, said: “All the tools on the walls have been donated by residents around the village, refurbished and attached to the wall by Roy Morton, who tends this area.

“The idea for the wall began when I suggested hanging a couple of old tools belonging to my grandfather which had been cluttering up our shed for years.

“It reflects Benwick’s history as an agricultural village and the idea has caught on - many residents have been inspired to donate various tools for Roy to renovate and hang on the wall, including the wheel which he hand-made himself.

In Bloom judges Sue Hacon and Chris Durham in the seaside garden at Sir Harry Smith Community CollegeIn Bloom judges Sue Hacon and Chris Durham in the seaside garden at Sir Harry Smith Community College

“The judges spent a lot of time discussing the project and seemed really impressed.”

Volunteer Clare Billington said: “It’s a really nice way to show off our heritage.

“It has become a real talking point and the village’s main attraction. It has also had a knock-on effect in encouraging other people to add their own little displays.”

Earlier in the day the same two judges spent three hours in Chatteris. The previous week Chris Durham and Sue Macon visited March, Whittlesey and Parson Drove.

They will be inspecting Wisbech on Monday (July 25).

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