Town ‘bloomers’ get top silver gilt award

Doug Stacey, the president of East Midlands in Bloom making the presentation of the Silver Gilt award to Sleaford In Bloom members Pauline Dobson (left) and Becky Mayfield. EMN-140919-131207001
Doug Stacey, the president of East Midlands in Bloom making the presentation of the Silver Gilt award to Sleaford In Bloom members Pauline Dobson (left) and Becky Mayfield. EMN-140919-131207001

Sleaford has remained consistent in gaining a Silver Gilt award from the East Midlands in Bloom judges at the award ceremony held on Wednesday.

After a break last year, the town has returned to the high standard achieved in the past four years and was honoured at the presentations at Lark Hill Village, Clifton, Nottingham.

Sleaford In Bloom committee chairman Ada Trethewey was a little disappointed for just missing out on gold in the large town category. But she said other entries such as Buxton, Market Harborough and Spalding could fall back on the resources of council parks departments - although she was grateful for the support of the town council.

Judges praised floral displays, including those from local businesses, the widespread art, in particular the mosaics near the leisure centre, and the Nettles open air arts area.

Mrs Trethewey said they only lost marks on a few weeds in crevices and a shortage of young people helping, although three weeks after the judges’ visit they had National Citizenship Service teenagers helping tidy by the river.

Sleaford In Bloom drew upon the town’s Roman heritage for this year’s theme of ‘Growing for Gold’.

Judges comments made reference to the excellent work of the Slea Navigation Trust and the Rauceby Banks Project.

Links with the community were highlighted by the Zygote festival when local schools decorated seed packets for free seeds to be handed out at the event. Congratulations were also given for the group being chosen as the Sleaford Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year.

Mrs Trethewey said this was already paying dividends with physical help and fundraising already coming through and more planting improvements would be made near the new museum.