THE Sleaford in Bloom volunteers are celebrating a job well done after coming away with a number of awards from the East Midlands In Bloom prize giving ceremony last Wednesday.
Sleaford achieved the Silver Gilt award and was joint third with Spalding in the Large Town category, achieving 161 points.
Sleaford in Bloom chairman Ada Trethewey commented afterwards that it was a fantastic result: “It was another nine points more than we have ever had. We set a target two years ago to go for gold and we have shown that next year we can do it.”
The 55 community groups were judged on horticultural expertise, maintenance of the environment and community involvement. The judges gave great credit to Sleaford’s highly committed group of volunteers, ably led by Sleafordian of the Year Mrs Trethewey. They praised baskets on lamp posts, residential gardens and flower displays by business premises.
Wildflower areas and natural habitats were commended in the environment section, as were the very good standards of cleanliness.
Sleaford in Bloom thanked residents, businesses and the town council for their support.
The judges suggested finding ways to announce ‘Sleaford is in Bloom’ at the various gateways of the town, to encourage the involvement of more young people, increase business displays and expand sponsorship.
A Judges Award was given to the new Greylees development for the high quality landscape design and planting. The Carre Arms received a Silver Gilt for Best Pub entry. A Frank Constable Silver Award was given to June Moore of Ancaster Drive for Best Front Garden and a Bronze Award went to Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Primary School for Best School Garden.
The school has had a successful gardening club for three years and is about to develop links with Carre’s Grammar School’s allotment and gardening club.