Halesworth hopes to retain Anglia in Bloom gold as judges visit

Anglia In Bloom judges George Dawson and Chris Durrant with Tamsyn Imison. visit Halesworth.

Anglia In Bloom judges George Dawson and Chris Durrant with Tamsyn Imison. visit Halesworth. - Credit: Nick Butcher

After winning gold at last year’s Anglia in Bloom competition, residents and businesses in Halesworth are hoping for another victory this year.

The sun was shining as the Anglia in Bloom judges visited the town last Friday, and were taken on a guided tour of its streets and gardens by Tamsyn Imison, co-ordinator of the Halesworth in Bloom committee.

Residents have spent the last year preparing for the visit, after first entering the competition in 2013 when they received a silver gilt award.

Ms Imison said: “We’ve got about 100 people all together doing bits and pieces and about 35 core members.

“I think every area of the town looks fantastic but we are particularly pleased with the town centre. Every single business in the Market Place and Thoroughfare has joined in and made floral entrances to add to the planters.

“We’ve also got the trail on William and Joseph Hooker which goes from the Hooker House where William was born up to the war memorial. We’ve planted it with 40 different plants which all have Hooker in the name.

“I’m very confident with how the town looks. The judges are in for a treat.”

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Projects completed for this year’s visit included the refurbishment of the town sign, drought friendly planters, a special garden behind the United Reformed Church created by the Brownies and plants grown by a 16-year-old girl.

Anglia in Bloom judge Chris Durrant, who was joined on the trip by chief judge George Dawson, said: “We have a judging criteria which we mark against as we walk around.

“The things we look for are community involvement, horticultural standard, appropriate choice of plants, maintenance and street furniture.”

Judging takes place across the six counties of the Anglia in Bloom region in July, with the results announced at a ceremony at Wodson Park in Ware, Hertfordshire, on September 17.

Anne Flemming, chairman of Halesworth Town Council, said: “Myself and three other councillors went along to show our support.

“We are proud of our Halesworth in Bloom team and how much they have done for the town.

“They have done a fantastic job and I am pleased with the amount of time and effort Waveney Norse have put in to help too.”