We got Gold - again!
We got Gold – again!
For the 2nd year in a row Huntingdon has won the Gold Medal for Best Large Town in the Anglia in Bloom Competition.
All the photos on this blog come from our Town Council magazine which I scanned into the computer then “chopped up” to get the individual photos.
As the text in the photos is hard to read I have copied it into the body of this blog so that everyone can read it.
“Moor” is a shortened form for Oxmoor, which is a big overflow estate from London built in the 60s. I lived about 10 years on this estate during different periods.
Moor in Bloom
In the 2009 Anglia in Bloom & Britain in Bloom competitions, Moor in Bloom won the Anglia in Bloom “Best Urban Community” award with Silver & were awarded a Bronze in Britain in Bloom.
The Moor in Bloom committee & volunteers worked hard over the winter, spring & early summer to brighten up the estate & encouraged residents & schools to get involved with growing flowers & fresh vegetables in an attempt to better last years results. Lots of hours working with volunteers from the community & Huntingdonshire District Council’s Countryside Services team saw parts of the estate & a local school start to “bloom” & with judges from both Anglia & Britain in Bloom visiting in July & August, more than were crossed!
Both judging days were blessed with fine weather & the judges appeared impressed with our efforts & made some very useful comments as to what could be done in the future.
We then had what seemed like a long wait for the results to be announced at the award ceremonies. Dressed in our best clothes, members of the “in Bloom” team, volunteer representatives & pupils from Spring Common School went to Sudbury in mid September to hear the outcome of the Anglia in Bloom judging. Our results were as follows:
- Winners of the “Best Urban Community” award with Silver Gilt
- Winners of the “Best Garden for Special Needs” award – Spring Common School
- “Best Public Open Space” – Coneygear Park
- “Best Young Peoples Project 12 to 18 years” – Spring Common School
- “Best Grow Your Own Project” – School Allotment Sallowbush Road
- “Best Sustainable/Drought Garden” Maple Drive
The end of September saw several of the “in Bloom” team attend the Britain in Bloom awards in Birmingham where we were awarded Silver! All the results were better than last year & are a credit to all those involved with Moor in Bloom over the last year & their hard work.
If any residents, schools or businesses would like to get involved with “in Bloom 2011” please call Brian Gardener on 07795 237727 for information.
Mr Brian Gardener
Allotments & Sunflower Competition
This is the allotment site where Gerry has 1 & 1/2 allotments & where I help him. He likes to grow a lot of Sunflowers but the winner was a self-sown plant from last year that I let grow. It was on the very edge of the Tomato plot & so received more water & fertilizer than any of the others. I just took off some of the flower buds as they were developing but eventually it grew higher than I could reach & ended up producing a dozen flowers 8ft above the ground! A week later there were several more, from those that Gerry sowed this year, that beat it hands down!
The winning Sunflower is the one I use in my avatar which Gerry took a couple of days later.
Huntingdon in Bloom
Huntingdon has been named as the overall winner of the Anglia in Bloom Competition.
The town’s entry was awarded the gold Standard, the prize for best large town & the top Anglia in Bloom trophy after being judged to be the best overall entry from 6 competing counties.
Congratulations to the Huntingdon in Bloom team & everyone involved! Read the judges report to see what they thought.
Huntingdon’s entry, along with 5 other Anglia in Bloom category winners, will now go forward to be judged at the national Britain in Bloom finals in Birmingham on September 29th 2011.
Judges Report 2010
Huntingdon is a very welcoming town with a very involved community. The many lovely parks & green spaces are all beautifully maintained & are well used by the public. A good example being Hinchingbrooke Park with its many facilities to meet public needs, particularly interesting was the Eco friendly education centre.
The Judges thought the bedding schemes throughout the town were an absolute joy with their colours & designs enhancing the many historic facets of Huntingdon, particularly those in & around the Bridge Hotel & river area.
The Hinchingbrooke School & Hospital schemes are particularly innovative & will hopefully continue to improve & flourish in the future.
Cromwell Park School had some excellent areas for the children to learn & observe wild life.
Lastly but not least, was the Railway Station, the floral decorations, baskets & troughs matched the train operators’ colours & the whole effect of colour & cleanliness must make this a joy for local commuters, an effort which is to be commended.
This was an excellent entry from Huntingdon in Bloom.
Areas of Achievement
1. A welcoming town beautifully enhanced by colourful planting schemes.
2. Excellent conservation work, at the River Ouse meadows.
3. Town allotments & the local cemetery are all well managed.
4. Huntingdon Methodist church – well done Mrs Hooker!
I hope that next year I will be able produce a similar blog but where “Moor in Bloom” takes the Gold for “Best Urban Community” award!
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