Golden glory for Wisbech

Garden of Rest in March judging of Anglia in Bloom'left to right Brian Gardner and Oliver Deeming
Garden of Rest in March judging of Anglia in Bloom'left to right Brian Gardner and Oliver Deeming
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Towns across Fenland are celebrating after scooping top awards in this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition announced at a ceremony held yesterday (Tuesday).

The biggest celebrations were in Wisbech with the town not only winning a Gold Award but also its Large Town (12,001 to 35,000 residents)category, beating neighbours March, who picked up a Silver Gilt Award in the same category. It means Wisbech is now in with a chance of taking a national title when the finals are held next month.

Anglian in Bloom judging at St Peter's Gardens Wisbech 'left to right Oliver Deeming, Penny Stocks, Brian Massingham, Tim Jellis and Brian Gardner

Anglian in Bloom judging at St Peter's Gardens Wisbech 'left to right Oliver Deeming, Penny Stocks, Brian Massingham, Tim Jellis and Brian Gardner

There was further cause for celebrations after Wisbech’s St Peter’s Church Gardens won a Gold Award in the Small Park category.

Chatteris won a Silver Gilt Award in its town category (6001 to 12,000 residents), and the gardens at its parish church of St Peter and St Paul’s won a silver award in the Small Park category.

Parson Drove took a Silver Gilt Award in the Large Village (1001-2,500 residents) category.

There was also success for Wisbech and March in the large parks category with Wisbech Park picking up a Silver Gilt Award, again beating rivals March whose West End Park picked up a Silver Award.

There was further cause for celebration in Wisbech with Waterlees picking up a Silver Gilt award in the Urban Community category.

Sadly The Pond at Parson Drove failed to win the Biodiversity Award, which went to Holt Island in St Ives and the village also lost out in the Environmental Quality Award.

However, the Norwood Nature Reserve in March won the Best Conservation Project.

Benwick won a Silver Award in the Small Village (1 to 1,000 residents) category.

Halstead in Essex was the best overall entry and was the 2013 winner of the Anglia in Bloom trophy having already won the Gold Award, Best Town (6001 to 12,000 residents) category and the best overall entry.

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “Following last year’s wettest and most difficult summer, we have been treated to one of the best growing summers in recent years, and all the judges reported marvellous summer displays across the Anglia region.

“The Anglia communities across the six counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have achieved some of the best blooming displays seen in recent years and should be justifiably proud.

“This year’s standards have gained new heights in awards achieved, the continued excellent community work, many resourceful projects and superb colourful displays have all added to standards raised above expectations, with 25 Gold, 22 Silver Gilt, 14 silver and two Bronze awards.”

The seven Anglia in Bloom entries including Wisbech as winner of the Large Town category will now go forward to the National Britain in Bloom Finals on October 12.

George Dawson, chairman of the judges, said: “I would also add my best wishes to and congratulations to not only the award winners but to everyone who took part in this year’s campaign a community is a winner as soon as it enters into the campaign.”