Britain in Bloom judges visit Norwich

Britain in Bloom judges tour Norwich city gardens. Judges Andrew Jackson, left, and Martyn Hird, rig

Britain in Bloom judges tour Norwich city gardens. Judges Andrew Jackson, left, and Martyn Hird, right, take a closer look at plants in the Assembly House Garden with chairman of Norwich in Bloom, Terry Bane. - Credit: Archant 2013

The Friends of Norwich in Bloom were hopeful of success in this year's RHS Britain in Bloom finals as judges from the competition visited the city yesterday.

Andrew Jackson and Martyn Hird took a tour of Norwich to inspect the flora under a series of criteria for the prestigious contest, which will be decided on October 12.

Norwich has entered two categories, including the city category where it will be competing against other towns and cities including Richmond and York for the chance to win the gold medal.

The other entry is for Mancroft ward in Norwich in the urban communities category.

Terry Bane, chairman of the Friends group, said: 'The Friends of Norwich in Bloom, partners, supporters, community volunteer groups and neighbourhoods have worked so hard again this year to sustain and improve the environment across Norwich. We have so many fantastic projects to show the judges this year which we hope will impress the national judges.'

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The judges were following a route that included the Assembly House, St Peter Mancroft Church, Theatre Street, St Stephen's Church, Red Lion Street, Golden Ball Street, Cattle Market Street, Prince of Wales Road and the South African war memorial.

Mr Jackson said the standard of the blooms was not the only criteria being inspected during their visit, as they were also looking at environmental responsibility and the participation of the community in helping to make the city environmentally-friendly.

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He added: 'We need to see representation of the whole community in Norwich and how they have been involved in the community campaign. It is a much wider environmental campaign now.

'We want to see sustainable planting rather than the long-term flower displays and how local heritage is celebrated, cleanliness, recycling and community engagement.'

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