Halesworth is ready for Anglia in Bloom judges

A beautiful planter in Halesworth town centre.

A beautiful planter in Halesworth town centre. - Credit: Archant

Thanks to a truly amazing, community wide effort, Halesworth has a great opportunity to aim at winning an Anglia in Bloom Gold Award by impressing the judges on Tuesday.

Tamsyn Imison is the co-ordinator of Halesworth’s Anglia in Bloom bid and said: “Halesworth in Bloom has brought the whole community together and we are really excited about our small town. Halesworth is a place to be very proud of.”

Tamsyn is encouraging the town’s residents and traders to put on a good show for the judges.

She said: “The town entered Anglia in Bloom for the first time in 2013 and won a silver gilt award as well as an award for best new entry. We have every chance of winning gold in 2014, so on Tuesday let’s show the judges what Halesworth is made of.”

The judges arrive at 10am and will be in the town for two and a half hours.

Hammonds Motors are providing transport and a welcome.

If it is sunny the judges will be treated to a ride in Linda Gray’s Vintage Rover and buggy transport across Millennium Green.

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The judges will visit a range of Halesworth in Bloom projects that have been put forward for special awards: Woottens of Wenhaston’s bee friendly, drought resistant roundabouts, Halesworth Lakes and the rare trees planted there, United Reformed Church Community Gardens, the Thoroughfare and all the wonderful floral entrances to the local businesses,

Also entered for a special award is The Hooker Trail in Halesworth, a booklet and walking tour. The booklet tells the story of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) and his son Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), both world famous botanists and past residents of Halesworth. The booklet includes a town trail of places in Halesworth connected with the Hooker family.

Christopher Mills is Head of Library, Art and Archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He said: “The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is pleased to support Halesworth in celebrating two of its former residents who were also two of Kew’s illustrious directors. These two important botanists, like Halesworth, deserve to be much better known and appreciated.”

The judges will see Halesworth Memorial Gardens and the Hooker Arboretum, Halesworth Market Place and businesses and Tilly’s Garden, Halesworth Library with the Halesworth In Transition Community Herb Bed, the Library Garden and the Halesworth in Bloom Exhibition.

• There is a special exhibition at the WLT gallery in Bridge Street, Halesworth, about William and Joseph Hooker. See story and picture on page 6.