Judgement day for Bloom brigade

Residents getting into the Bloolm spirit at Stansdale, Garstang (Submitted picture)
Residents getting into the Bloolm spirit at Stansdale, Garstang (Submitted picture)

JUDGES from the Royal Horticultural Society will be visiting Garstang tomorrow (Thursday, August 4) as part of the UK-wide judging tour for the 2011 Britain in Bloom contest.

Garstang is among the 76 finalist communities, chosen from over 1,000 cities, towns, villages and urban communities throughout the UK - and this year the town is in with another stab at the ‘champion of champions’ class.

Members of the town’s ‘bloom’ team will be dead-heading, pruning, watering and putting their final touches to the town in order to wow the judges Martyn Hird and Jeff Bates who will be visiting from 9am until 11.30am.

Among the many areas in Garstang which have seen a special spruce up in advance of the judges’ visit are the Stransdale and Marshaw Close sheltered housing schemes, where residents organised a community day (pictured above) bringing together local residents, youngsters from Garstang St Thomas Primary School, members of Age Concern, staff from Regenda (housing organisation) to help fill the flower beds and tubs in the garden areas.

Among those involved was local resident Les Foden who co-ordinated the production of hanging baskets.

Regenda’s regional services manager Darralyn Jackson presented a cheque for £550 to the residents’ group to support the event.

• Garstang’s competitors in the champions class are Comrie, Perth, Cricklade and Pitlochry.

The result will be announced in St Andrew’s, Scotland, on September 25. Each finalist will be awarded an RHS Gold, Silver-Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal and there is also an award for best in category, as well as special discretionary awards given for achieving excellence in particular fields.