Fenland in Bloom

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Hanging baskets here, herbaceous borders there and a riot of colour everywhere. That was what greeted Anglia In Bloom judges in four Fenland communities this week. Not to mention a few impressively tended vegetable gardens.

Whittlesey, Chatteris, Benwick and Parson Drove were the first places in the district to be visited as the judging for this year’s competition got under way in glorious sunshine.

In Bloom judging

In Bloom judging

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, joined the judges in St Peter and St Paul’s church in Chatteris.

He said: “Once again this year the town’s In Bloom volunteers have done an absolutely wonderful job. The judges said they were particularly impressed by the great sense of community spirit that came across.”

Next up for scrutiny will be March and Wisbech, who are poised to welcome the judges on July 22, with Waterlees following on July 23. They’ll all be hoping for the same perfect weather to show off their displays.

Judging for the competition’s new Parks category is due place on August 6. Fenland’s entries are St Peter’s church gardens in Wisbech and Wisbech Park; St Peter and St Paul’s church gardens, Chatteris; West End Park, March; and the Memorial Gardens, Whittlesey.

The Anglia in Bloom region covers the six eastern counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Pictured: Chatteris In Bloom chairman Sue Elam-Fowler with Anglia in Bloom judges Hazel Law and Julia Rackowe, FDC’s Andy Brown, In Bloom volunteer Richard Cross and Cllr Peter Murphy

Anglia In Bloom judges Margaret Spencer and Marney Hall at Benwick Primary School, where the children have a gardening club