JUDGES have been touring towns and villages to see this year’s entries in the East Midlands In Bloom competition.
On Tuesday judges visited Bourne and Deeping St James.
Bourne town clerk Nelly Jacobs is hopeful the town can once again improve its points total and beat last year’s silver gilt medal.
She said: “I got a good feeling from the judging.
“Traders have really come on board this year. A lot of them have not put things out before, but shops have used alcoves in their entrances to place containers in.
On Monday the 1st Bourne Scouts joined town councillors and others in clearing litter from the streets, and on Tuesday morning Bourne Academy pupils took part in a final last-minute cleanup.
Mrs Jacobs added: “When the judges walked around there had already been litter dropped, which was a bit disappointing.
“But I think we should hopefully be the same as last year at least, if not better.”
In Deeping St James judges were shown around the village’s traditional unusual container trail, where residents make planters out of interesting objects.
They were also taken to the Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve to see some volunteers in action.
Parish councillor Judy Stevens said: “The judges were very non-committal but the village looked lovely.
“We have had extremely difficult weather conditions this year. But we are very proud of the effort and hopefully we will have improved on last year’s silver.”
Oakham set itself a high standard with a gold award last year. This year the committee hoped to wow the judges who visited yesterday with a newly-installed sculpture of a peacock outside the library.
Garden co-ordinator Teresa Thompson said: “It seems to have gone quite well. We have been incredibly lucky with the weather today it’s nice that we have some new things to show the judges this year.”
And Uppingham In Bloom members had a surprise when their judges turned up four hours earlier than expected.
But committee member Pam Dolby said: “They were very gracious and agreed to come back later.
“The judges were impressed with the gardens of the Falcon Hotel in Market Place. They have done a lot of work there, it is really beautiful.”
Results will be announced in September.