Louth’s community spirit and efforts have been praised by the East Midlands In Bloom judges, who awarded the town a silver gilt last week.
The result was announced at a special ceremony at The Sessions House last Wednesday (September 16) where the winners of the Lovely Louth competition, run by the Town Council, were also given their prizes.
The winners of this year’s Lovely Louth competition, as reported previously, were: Stewton House, The Wheatsheaf, Mr and Mrs J. Taylor, Mr D. Jennings, Mr A. C. Evison, and Mr J. Morgan.
Meanwhile, the East Midlands In Bloom judges visited Louth on July 16 where they met Mayor Sue Locking, Chairman of Louth In Bloom Jill Makinson-Sanders, and the Town Clerk Linda Blankley for a presentation followed by a tour of the town.
Jill Makinson-Sanders took on the role of chairman just five weeks before judging took place, and - together with a team of half a dozen volunteers - put in many hours of hard work and effort to give Louth a fighting chance at this year’s awards.
Jill said: “We got a silver gilt, which was a tremendous performance.
“We’ve already got plans for 2016, we know what we want to do. We are going for gold but it will be an uphill struggle. It would be lovely for people in the town to join together, and help make Louth become the first market town in East Lindsey to win gold.”
Jill added that she would like the local authority to get on board to help improve some aspects of the town’s scenery, such as street furniture, which fall under their responsibility.
Mayor Sue Locking said she was “thrilled” with the silver gilt award, and praised the civic pride in our town.
East Midlands In Bloom judge, Jeff Bates, said: “Louth in Bloom is in good hands, and under the new volunteer-based approach will undoubtedly reach new heights in the near future.”
A special judge’s award was given to Dave Higgs for the Park Avenue Community Gardens, which Mr Bates described as ‘an inspirational project achieving great results in one of the less affluent areas of the town’
Mr Bates also praised the Trinity allotments and Spout Yard Community Park.
He added: “We were impressed by the Men’s Shed initiative, the groups at Holy Trinity Church, the Almshouses and others, as well as the enthusiastic support of increasing numbers of businesses.”
• Next year’s In Bloom theme will be Time/Thyme. If you would like to volunteer and help Louth “go for gold”, call the Town Clerk on 01507 355895.