Great Yarmouth goes for gold again as Anglia in Bloom judges visit
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Great Yarmouth was visited by two Anglia in Bloom judges on Tuesday, with the In Bloom volunteers hoping to gain yet another gold award for the area.
Two years ago, Great Yarmouth was awarded it first gold standard award and followed this up last year with gold awards in the large coastal town categories of both Anglia in Bloom and RHS Britain in Bloom.
Yesterday's judging was the pinnacle of 12 months of work by the in Bloom team and Great Yarmouth Borough Council's operational partner, GYB Services Ltd, to keep the floral displays and wider environment looking pristine.
During their three-hour tour of the area, judges Brian Thornton and Nigel Bloxham were looking for horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
The team have been able to clear many areas of weeds and litter, including St Nicholas Churchyard and the Fishermen's Hospital. Towards the end of June, they put up 134 hanging baskets in Regent Road, Trafalgar Road, King Street, Deneside and the Market Place, as well as 36 in Gorleston High Street.
Most of the hanging baskets have been sponsored by local businesses, the Town Centre Partnership and ward councillors – Cllr Malcolm Bird sponsored baskets in Regent Road and Cllr Marlene Fairhead and Cllr Barbara Wright sponsored baskets in Gorleston.
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Bloom are responsible for the tubs and baskets outside the Town Hall and by the cannon on South Quay, as well as the tubs outside Christchurch and the flower tower at St George's Cafe. All other displays and street cleaning are the work of GYB Services Ltd.
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The judge's tour included the seafront, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Bure Park, Fremantle Road allotments, the racecourse, Wellesley Road Recreation Ground, Merrivale Model Village and Trafalgar Road guest houses. Two judges from the RHS will enjoy this same route during the judging for Britain in Bloom on August 4.
Sue Hacon, the co-ordinator for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Bloom, said: 'We are aiming for gold and praise all who have been involved, including volunteers, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, GYB Services Ltd and all our sponsors.'
Cllr Carl Smith, chair of the council's environment committee, said: 'The in Bloom volunteers dedicate so much time and effort every year to helping to ensure the environment is at its best for residents and visitors. The borough council is proud to support them and we wish them all the best with the judging.'