Bloom judges’ praise for our ‘beautiful town’

Green Giants : Garstang Bloomers 2013 pictured with mayor   Coun Chris  Ryan (third from left)  and town crier Hilary McGrath (far right)
Green Giants : Garstang Bloomers 2013 pictured with mayor Coun Chris Ryan (third from left) and town crier Hilary McGrath (far right)

Garstang’s Bloomers are now studying the judges’ comments on their award winning Britain in Bloom entry.

The town scored 172 points out of a maximum of 200 as judges declared: “You have a beautiful town and some wonderful people. Congratulations.”

Gold medals are awarded to entrants gaining 85 per cent of marks or over and mean an entry is outstanding.

To achieve the award, entrants must show “a consistent approach that demonstrates best practice, continuing development and sustainable effort.”

Judges note both areas of achievement and areas for improvement.

Garstang’s results were:

Horticultural Achievement - 87 marks out of 100. Judges noted: “The excellent design and management of the green spaces, particularly the work at Kepple Lane Park, which has brought life into an empty field. The Edible Britain initiative at Hawthorne Avenue and the many fine examples of floral features throughout the entry.”

But they also noted a number of “poor quality trees in and around the Booths development” and said some of the floral features in the high street were “stressed and poorly maintained”.

Environmental Responsibility - 41 marks out of 50. Judges praised the consistent standards, resource management and links with local tourism exemplified by the Heritage Pub Trail and the Heritage Trail.

Areas for improvement – Bloomers were advised to develop a programme to deal with excessive thistle blocks in the wildflower areas but Alison Bowden was praised for her nature conservation work, with judges also noting it was good to hear of plans to eradicate Himalayan Balsam.

Community Participation - 44 marks out of 50:The entry was praised for: “The way in which you have engaged the widest range of your local community” with examples at Strandsdale Close, St Thomas CE School, the local boating community and all members of the bloom group mentioned.

Judges advised the Bloomers should continue to work with younger people to ensure the bloom initiative continues to thrive in the way it has for so many years.