Wisbech in Bloom going for eighth gold

The fantasy seaside garden created at St Peter's Church, Wisbech, for this year's Anglia in Bloom contest.
The fantasy seaside garden created at St Peter's Church, Wisbech, for this year's Anglia in Bloom contest.
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Wisbech will be hoping its seaside roots will wash in success when Anglia in Bloom judges visit the town tomorrow.

The town will be recalling its past as it goes for its eighth successive gold award in this year’s competition.

This year’s ‘fantasy garden’, a key part of the entry, will take judges back to the time when Wisbech was Wisbeach, a small settlement beside the seaside, where the waters of the Wash lapped on the shore.

Conjuring up an image of the way things were all those centuries ago, up until the 13th century, is a colourful beach scene created in the gardens of St Peter’s Church.

It consists of a sweep of sand dotted with dune grasses. The sea is represented by blue and white petunias, with an edging of silvery Artemesia to convey the idea of the surf crashing on to the sand. At the back is a more modern touch – a wooden beach hut.

Alongside the ‘beach’ is another section consisting of a variety of tropical plants, including flamboyant cannas and lush green banana plants.

Bob Ollier, Fenland District Council’s parks and open spaces manager, said: “Our fantasy gardens have always played a big part in Wisbech’s many successes in both Anglia In Bloom and Britain In Bloom.

“We’re hoping that this combination of past and present will also capture the imagination of the judges when they visit tomorrow.”

Wisbech has won a gold award in the Anglia In Bloom contest for seven years running.

Last year it also gained a silver gilt in Britain In Bloom, in the large town category.