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Hunstanton in Bloom. Picture: Ian Burt Hunstanton in Bloom. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
11:17 AM

Local communities flying the horticultural flag for our region have been celebrating being named as finalists for the 2014 RHS Britain in Bloom awards.

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The city of Norwich, Town Close ward in Norwich, Filby, Hunstanton and Wisbech have all been picked from more than 1,000 entrants to go forward as finalists in the 50th anniversary year of the RHS Britain in Bloom awards.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, secretary of the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, said: “This is the third year Norwich has been a finalist. I just think it is really amazing. Without all the different groups who work so hard it would not be possible – they have all done outstanding work.

She said they hoped to involve even more groups and businesses in the city’s horticultural campaign this year.

“We want to make this year the best we possibly can,” she said, adding that among the things they hoped to do was create a special horticultural display along Gentleman’s Walk.

Meanwhile, the Town Close area of Norwich has been recognised as a finalist in the urban community category.

Pam Keten, from Town Close in Bloom, said: “This means a lot to so many people here in Town Close. It’s a great accolade for our community to be in the finals and we hope to use this opportunity to improve local spaces and bring people together.”

Among the horticultural projects currently being worked on in Town Close is the Eagle Walk play area and Eagle Wood conservation project, and community events when native shrubs, bluebells and wild garlic bulbs have been planted.

Adrian Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom, said the village was “pulling out all the stops” in a bid to take the top spot, having been runner-up in the village category for the last three years. He added: “We’re having a lot of new things this year. We’re not reinventing the wheel but just giving it a new look.”

In Hunstanton, which is a finalist in the coastal category, key projects have included the impressive river of wildflowers alongside the A149, the community fruit orchard in the grounds of the community centre, floral displays in the High Street by Moss Bakery, and the formal flower beds along Esplanade Gardens.

Elizabeth Watson, chairman of the Hunstanton In Bloom committee, said she was delighted Hunstanton was once again invited to take part in the national campaign, and said it was a great reward for the continuing hard work of everyone involved in the town’s horticultural efforts.

Wisbech is also celebrating being a finalist in the large town category.

Bob Ollier, Anglia in Bloom chairman, said: “Anglia in Bloom are delighted that Filby, Halstead, Norwich, Hunstanton, Town Close Ward (Norwich) and Wisbech, are the Bloom groups who will represent
the six counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire) of the Anglia Region in this RHS Britain in Bloom’s Golden Jubilee year.”

Each finalist will be visited by two RHS judges in July or August, and the winners will be announced in October.

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