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Anglia in Bloom

I read in our local newspaper today that Huntingdon had won the Gold Medal in the Anglia in Bloom Competition! This is a great reward for all the hard work our local council has put into keeping our town clean & living up to the expectations of the Green Guidelines. The many people who have responsibilities in making our town an agreeable place to live in thus see their efforts recompensed.

Here is photo from the Hunts Post:

As the writing will be very difficult to read I will copy it here:

Golden Gardeners:Huntingdon has struck gold for the first time in the annual Anglia in Bloom competition.

Peter Jackson, chairman of the Huntingdon in Bloom committee, pictured with the trophy, said everyone involved with the group was extremely proud of the achievement. “Huntingdon in Bloom is proud to have gained this top award, which shows excellence in flowers, town cleanliness and community involvement throughout the year,” he said. Judges praised Huntingdon Town Council & Huntingdonshire District Council’s green teams for their efforts in keeping the town looking fine.

Photo by: Helen Drake

We got bloomin’ gold!

Huntingdon triumphs in competition

On the photo it says:

GROUND FORCE: Huntingdon Town Council’s ground team: Chris Cowles, John Whitehead, Dennis Smith & Edward Abraham in the town’s Victoria Square.

Here is what is written in the report:

Gold has been given to Huntingdon for the first time in the annual Anglia in Bloom competition.

Peter Jackson, chairman of Huntingdon in Bloom Committee, received the certificate on behalf of the town at a prize-giving ceremony last Wednesday in the Ocean Rooms, in Gorleston, in Great Yarmouth.

Mr Jackson said: “Huntingdon in Bloom is proud to have gained this top award which shows excellence in flowers, town cleanliness and community involvement throughout the year.”

The judges said in their report that the town was spotlessly clean & the planting schemes around the town were well maintained with a colour theme.

It said the town was a credit to to those involved, Huntingdon Town & Huntingdonshire District Council’s green teams. Hinchingbrooke Country Park was complimented on its new orchard with 100 sponsored fruit & nut trees.

The judges said they were pleased to see the bandstand in the park retained & the display of children’s posters in the new library.

The town competed with 14 other entrants in the Large Town section, of which just 3 won a gold medal, the others being Bury St Edmunds & Wisbeach, which was the overall winner & now goes on to the national round.

Huntingdon was also nominated for the Environmental Quality Award & Spring Common School was nominated for Best Garden for Special Needs.

Huntingdon’s Moor in Bloom in Oxmoor won the Urban Regeneration /community section with a silver award.

Overall, Huntingdonshire did well with St Neots, St Ives, Woodhurst & Sawtry gaining silver gilt awards in different categories.

Woodhurst won the Small Villages category (under 300 residents) & Harradine Close in the village was nominated for the Best Sustainable/Drought Garden.

Wistow, Godmanchester & Brampton achieved silver awards.

I hope this report in the Hunts Post will also serve to gain them more praise & to stimulate them to even greater heights next year when we would like to be overall winners & go on to the national competition.

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Well done Huntingdon........

28 Sep, 2009


Yes well done Huntingdon recognises all the hard work etc.

28 Sep, 2009


Brilliant job,well done Huntingdon.

28 Sep, 2009


Congratulations ! It's nice to hear of places taking such an interest in the environment.

29 Sep, 2009


It is an honour after all the years they have been trying! Let's hope that next year we will get through to the Britain in Bloom competition.

29 Sep, 2009


well done to Huntingdon.............hope you get through at Britain in bloom this year....

27 Feb, 2010


It would be a great honour for Huntingdon to even be considered for inclusion let alone get a good position. It has to be said that Huntingdon District Council, as well as Huntingdon Town Council, do a tremendous amount of work to keep this town looking good. We all know that these competitions are more than just the gardens & plants, etc. Many other aspects of the town are taken into consideration like general cleanliness, lack of graffiti, facilities for people of all ages, etc.

28 Feb, 2010

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