Wisbech goiung for Anglia in Bloom gold

Wisbech In Bloom launches its annual Anglia in Bloom campaign.'left to right Penny Stocks, Brian Massingham,  and Wayne Eady ANL-150204-082815009
Wisbech In Bloom launches its annual Anglia in Bloom campaign.'left to right Penny Stocks, Brian Massingham, and Wayne Eady ANL-150204-082815009
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Green-fingered volunteers in Wisbech will be hoping for their eighth gold award in the Anglia in Bloom contest.

Members of Wisbech in Bloom Committee will be welcoming judges of the prestigious contest to the town tomorrow.

The group is looking to wow the judges during tomorrow’s tour with a number of new gardens.

Committee secretary Penny Stocks said: “We are hoping to get gold again. After having seven in a row, it would be disappointing not to.

“It is tough but we are working very hard and we have a number of volunteers working alongside us.”

Mrs Stocks says this year’s hanging baskets and containers are now following a new colour scheme.

A shabby looking area at the entrance to Chapel Road car park and the Peckover estate has been transformed into a welcome garden, plus a host of new planting has taken place at Wisbech Park thanks to a grant from the Landscape Group.

Wisbech and Fenland Museum have also created a Second World War themed garden on its premises.

During the tour, judges will be meeting youngsters from St Peter’s Primary School and will look around a wildlife garden.

Mrs Stocks said: “We try to show the judges as much as possible on the day.”

She is also putting out an appeal to residents to ensure the town is looking its best ahead of the judging.

Mrs Stocks said: “We would love it if anyone who sees a piece of litter or a weed to just pick it up and take it home. These things take a lot of time when we are tearing around at the last minute to make sure the area’s looking tidy.”

The 10 strong committee, supported by a team of volunteers, work throughout the year on the In Bloom entry.

But they are appealing for more people to step forward and support the group.

Volunteers do not necessarily need to be gardeners as help is needed with a range of tasks including publicity.

Mrs Stocks said: “We work throughout the year but this is the intensive period.

“We do all our hanging baskets and containers.”

Winners of the In Bloom contest will be announced later in the year.

If anyone is interested in supporting the group call Mrs Stocks on 01945 581208.