July 26 2014 Latest news:
By david lennard
Friday, July 18, 2014
The sun was shining and the rain stayed away as Anglia in Bloom judges visited Halesworth on Tuesday.
The visit was the culmination of many months hard work by many Halesworth residents.
The town entered the competition for the first time last year and won a silver gilt award.
Leaders of the project in Halesworth will be hoping to go one better in 2014 and win gold.
Tamsyn Imison, co-ordinator behind the town’s bid, said: “Everyone has worked so hard but it has definitely been worth it.
“The town is looking wonderful and so many businesses and residents have added to the project with some great looking floral displays.”
Annette Dunning, chair of Halesworth Town Council, was also impressed by the involvement of the local community.
“It is obvious that everyone takes great pride in Halesworth and the whole community has worked together to put on such a fine display,” she said.
The Anglia in Bloom judges, Brian Thornton and Bill Boardman, were given a tour of the town in a vintage open top Rover Car owned by Linda Gray.
Among the items they were able to see were the town’s roundabouts planted with drought resistant plants, the Millennium Green, Halesworth Lakes and the United Reformed Church Community Garden.
The judges were also able to walk through the Thoroughfare and Market Place where many businesses had special planters showing some colourful and inspired floral creations.
Experienced Anglia in Bloom judge Brian Thornton said: “It has been a real joy to see so many different aspects to the floral displays in Halesworth.
“I am pleased to say that Anglia in Bloom has seen many communities, both large and small, work together for the benefit of residents and visitors. Of course, we look at the horticultural aspect of any town or village display but the involvement of the community is also vital and this is something that Halesworth excels in.”
The Anglia in Bloom committee at Halesworth have been keen to promote the town’s strong connection with Sir William and Sir Joseph Hooker, two former directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and illustrious botanists.
The team have produced a booklet which includes a town trail of places in Halesworth connected with the Hooker family.
Halesworth residents will now be anxiously waiting for the results to be announced later this year.