Town’s bloomers go global!

Garstang in Bloom officials with international bloom competition judges, Alex Pearl and Berta Briggs
Garstang in Bloom officials with international bloom competition judges, Alex Pearl and Berta Briggs

GARSTANG’S bloomers went global this week as the town hosted a visit from international judges.

Garstang is representing the UK against competitors from countries including America, Ireland and Japan in the In Bloom competition, which is organised in Canada.

Two judges flew in from Canada to spend a day touring Garstang on Monday, when they visited a number of attractions illustrating the quality of life in the town. These included Garstang St Thomas’ School and the Rural Wyre Children’s Centre, where they learned about the youngsters’ eco-projects, Dewlay cheese factory, and then a canal cruise and lunch at Th’Owd Tithe Barn, where they sampled a special Bloomers Bitter brewed specially for the occasion by Mitchell’s.

After lunch it was on to the Millennium Green and then to meet Fairtrade representatives and a presentation at the Visit Garstang Centre about the town’s past triumphs in Britain in Bloom competitions.

The international competition follows on from Garstang’s success in the European Entente Florale event and this year the town is also competing again in the Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions category.Judges from that competition were in town on Thursday last week.

In the Britain in Bloom event, Garstang is competing against Comrie, Perth, Crickdale and Pitlochry.