Britain in Bloom judges in Hereford on Friday July 15 praised the Hereford in Bloom volunteers for overcoming a last minute crisis when many of the plants in flower beds around the city centre died just two weeks before judgement day. The plants were quickly replaced and the beds and planters were bright and cheerful when the judges toured the city.

Nicola Clarke from Northampton, one of the judges said: “We genuinely admire your tenacity for not backing out of this year’s competition. It is a real credit to everyone on the team.”

The Bloom group, together with Hereford City Council and BID took on responsibility for the flower beds when Herefordshire Council announced it was abandoning flower planting. Community action also plays a big part in the national competition and the judges were taken on a three hour tour of several projects including the new Children’s Heritage Park at the Broomy Hill Waterworks Museum, a new boating lake at the Model Railway Centre for model boat makers, the Community Farm at Breinton , a facility for those with various health problems, the Growing Local schools garden at Court Farm, Tillington used by pupils from city schools to learn about food production and the Moor Farm Park and the Grandstand Park taken over and restored by local resident’s associations, the tour ending at the Edgar Street football stadium restored to its former glory by a community led Phoenix club.

The Awards will be announced on September 15 when Hereford will know if it has held on to its Gold medal status.

Judges Nicola Clarke and Joe Hayden meet pupils of Lord Scudamore

Primary School in the schools garden.

Wall Sykes, chairman of the Model Railway Centre describe

the building of the new boating lake to Nicola and Joe.

Ian, one of the users of Community Farm shows

off the stool he is making to the judges.

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