Dates set for In Bloom judges' visit
Judging dates have been confirmed for towns and villages across the region which have entered the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
Locally, it has been confirmed that judges will visit:
- Stamford on July 2 at 9.30am;
- Bourne on July 4 at 9.30am;
- Oakham on July 4 at 2.30pm; and
- Uppingham on July 9 at 9.30am.
Stamford in Bloom organiser Ann Ellis said the judges tour of the town will stop at the Town Hall for photographs in the Mayor’s Parlour at around 10am.
“We plan to stop for coffee at The Crown before driving them to the School Garden at St Gilbert’s and on to the community orchard,” said Ann, who bemoaned the recent lack of rain which was hampering preparations.
“We are struggling without rain. Not only have we planted late but attempting to plant longer lasting, little gardens and getting them established is proving difficult.
“Many businesses have watering cans and we are relying on them while we get a system to cover these extreme conditions.”
Joyce Lucas, PR officer for Oakham in Bloom, confirmed the judges visit on July 4 will start at Oakham Castle but said the route from there still had to finalised.
“The town is looking brilliant and everything is going splendidly,” said Joyce.
“This is a big community project and our volunteers are practically out every night working.
“I don’t think we can do much more.”
Bourne Town Coucil clerk Ian Sismey said preparations for the judges visit were going well.
“The lack of rain hasn’t really affected us as we go around watering our sites regularly to make sure they look good so we’re quite happy with the way things are progressing,” he said.
Uppingham last year received a top award at Britain in Bloom and won the small town category.
Uppingham in Bloom chairman Miranda Jones said preparations were going well ahead of the judges visit.
“We’ve done some exciting projects this year which we are really proud of and are confident of doing well.”
Meanwhile, staff at the Ewe Wool Shop in Stamford have shown their support for Stamford in Bloom by knitting woollen flowers to hang outside the shop.
“We predict that it takes around a day per flower, so we’re aiming for a decent bunting by the judging date,” said owner Rachel Parry-Arch.