Town shines in garden Oscars

Wisbech was celebrating on Sunday night after winning a Silver Gilt award in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom 2013 competition.

The town, which picked up its sixth straight gold award in the regional finals last month was among a number of East Anglian towns and villages to win recognition in the national awards.

Wisbech in Bloom team who might have won a Silver Gilt at Britian In Bloom St Peter's Church Gardens, Church Terrace, Wisbech -

Wisbech in Bloom team who might have won a Silver Gilt at Britian In Bloom St Peter's Church Gardens, Church Terrace, Wisbech -

The Fenland town was up against some tough opposition from all over the country in their first attempt in the National RHS Britain in Bloom campaign, so there Silver Gilt achievement (the second highest award) is a major triumph for all the hardworking volunteers who work throughout the summer to make Wisbech a beautiful place.

An RHS Judge, who visited the town earlier in the summer, said: “The judges felt that the Wisbech Community Group and other interested parties working together, made a huge difference to this Georgian Market Town. We particularly noted the Octavia Hill Group, and assistance given to the campaign by Elgoods Brewery. The delightful floral displays that provide a riot of colour throughout make this a better place to live and work. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and appreciated your kind hospitality.”

Brian Massingham, Chair of Wisbech in Bloom, said: “Wisbech has received six consecutive Gold Awards in the regional Anglia in Bloom competition so we were keen to test our skills against other Large towns in the National RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

“We knew that competition would be tough with competitors from much more affluent parts of the UK. We attended the finalists’ seminar and took on board the judges’ comments in particular embracing the Edible Britain theme.

“We worked with a local grower, Delamores who generously supplied us with thousands of free plants of both flowers, herbs and vegetables. They are pleased to be associated with our award winning efforts.

“The whole community pulled together and transformed our town with beautiful baskets and containers and innovative floral displays which have delighted both residents and visitors.”

Halstead in Essex, which won the best overall entry in the Anglia regional finals picked up a Gold in the Champion of Champions category.

Lytham, in Lancashire, was awarded the ultimate community gardening prize winning the Champion of Champions 2013 award, meaning the town is arguably the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful location in Britain.

Roger Burnett led a team of fourteen volunteer judges who toured the UK in pairs at the end of July and early August visiting all 77 finalists picked from more than 1000. They marked against three central criteria - horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.