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Blooming marvellous! Anglia in Bloom judges visit Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:34 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:08 19 July 2017

The Assembly House, Norwich, was the first stop on the judges tour of the city. Photo: Antony Kelly

The Assembly House, Norwich, was the first stop on the judges tour of the city. Photo: Antony Kelly

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Norwich welcomed the judges from the annual Anglia in Bloom competition to the city on Tuesday, July 18.

The flower beds welcomed the judges to Norwich. Photo: Antony KellyThe flower beds welcomed the judges to Norwich. Photo: Antony Kelly

Norwich welcomed the judges from the annual Anglia in Bloom competition to the city on Tuesday, July 18.

They spent around two hours visiting locations around the city in Norwich’s Business Improvement District, including the St Stephens and St Peter Mancroft churches, City Hall, and the Assembly House.

The judges, George Dawson and Chris Durham said they were looking for “horticultural excellence”, as well as “colour, design, and impact”, and “community engagement”.

Where to see Norwich at its blooming best:

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. Photo: Antony KellySt Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. Photo: Antony Kelly

With blossoms everywhere from Riverside to Rouen Road, here are the best places in the city to get your floral fix.

The Assembly House

The gardens at Norwich’s historic Assembly House feature sustainable flower beds and hanging baskets maintained by the Norwich in Bloom team.

Golden Ball Street

Blooms at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. Photo: Antony KellyBlooms at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. Photo: Antony Kelly

Spot floral hanging baskets outside The Woolpack Inn. The city centre pub is overlooked by the Norwich City of Stories mural, painted by Poppy Cole.

Memorial Gardens

Overlooked by architecture including the medieval Guildhall and 20th century Forum, the Memorial Gardens are nestled above Norwich Market.

St Peter Mancroft Church

Anglia in Bloom judges met the Lord Mayor of Norwich. Judges Chris Durham and George Dawson, with the Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman. Photo: Antony KellyAnglia in Bloom judges met the Lord Mayor of Norwich. Judges Chris Durham and George Dawson, with the Lord Mayor of Norwich David Fullman. Photo: Antony Kelly

This 15th century churchyard is tended by volunteers, who grow edible flowers and herbs that date from the time the church was built.

Theatre Street

This city centre street features a stunning sustainable display, which includes a hedge spelling out the letters N O R W I C H.

Norwich Train Station

Anglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Pictured at St Peter Mancroft Church. Photo: Antony KellyAnglia in Bloom judges meeting the Norwich in Bloom team and take a tour of Norwich. Pictured at St Peter Mancroft Church. Photo: Antony Kelly

The colourful tubs of flowers dotted around Norwich’s railway station brighten up the car park and welcome visitors to the city with a summery display.

All Saints Green

All Saints Green features a courtyard garden, baskets, and newly-planted trees. The All Saints churchyard trees are also cared for by the volunteers.

City Hall

The gardens at Norwichs Assembly House create a tranquil atmosphere, with flower beds attracting bees. Photo: Antony KellyThe gardens at Norwichs Assembly House create a tranquil atmosphere, with flower beds attracting bees. Photo: Antony Kelly

Norwich’s 1930s City Hall building features a sustainable perennial border, with tropical looking plants bordering the imposing building.

St Stephens Church

These church grounds are a former winner of Best Anglian Churchyard, and the elegant hollyhocks and colourful floral beds make it easy to see why.

Castle Gardens

Last but not least: the peaceful surroundings of Castle Gardens. With a heritage bridge and picnic area they are the perfect spot to make the most of the sunshine.

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