Fenland towns and villages scoop gold awards in Anglian in Bloom 2019
Fenland towns and villages were today (Tuesday) celebrating a clutch of awards as the winners of the prestigious 23rd Anglia in Bloom results were announced.
Around 300 people attended the ceremony held at the Burgess Hall in St Ives, including civic leaders and members of In Bloom teams from across the six counties which make up the Anglia in Bloom region.
While Benwick was celebrating an improvement on 2018, collecting a gold award – up on last year’s silver gilt in the village category – there was perhaps a touch of disappointment for Wisbech, while it retained its gold award it failed to retain its overall winner’s crown and the large town title.
It lost out to Dunstable in the large town category, while Hunstanton was this year’s best overall and winner of the Anglia in Bloom trophy.
Wisbech once again won gold in the large town category as did Chatteris. Once again March was absent from the awards, having decided not to enter the awards this year.
Waterlees once again won gold and took the overall honours in the urban community category. There was further success for Wisbech with St Peter’s Garden receiving gold in the small parks category and Wisbech General Cemetery winning gold in the small cemeteries group.
George Dawson, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “Once again this year the Anglia region has bloomed, with communities coming together to clear, clean and brighten their local environments.
“Councils and local authorities have seen the value of this volunteer army and have found resources to support them.
“Community satisfaction has also increased and young people have engaged in various projects.
“The standard of entries seen by judges this year is testament to the fact that this region is a great place to live and work.”
n Look out for pictures from this year’s award ceremony in next week’s Citizen.
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