All of the hard work put in by Louth’s In Bloom committee alongside the community has come to a head as the judges arrived to the town last week.
The two East Midlands In Bloom judges, Ian Cooke and Diane Moore came with their clipboards at the ready on Thursday (July 17) and were “really impressed” with Louth’s entry.
The judging criteria is broken down into three phases: horticultural ideas, environmental issues and community involvement.
Louth In Bloom chair Sue Locking and the rest of the In Bloom committee decided upon a new route for 2014, which marks their third year of competition.
Having brought home two Silver Gilt awards in the two years previously, and with last year being only five marks away from gaining the highly anticipated Gold, the committee are hoping that after pulling out all of the stops this year they will receive the golden result they are looking for.
This may seem to be closer than they think, as the two judges had many areas of praise for this year’s entry.
Diane Moore, who was one of the judges last year, said: “We were very impressed to see the wonderful amount of community involvement that was included this year and the unique work put together by the Knitters and Natters group which really helped to link the whole project together as one.”
Second judge Ian Cooke added: “We had an exciting visit to Louth and we were particularly impressed with all the different projects happening around town and Spout Yard was absolutely beautiful. Plus we meet so many lovely people along the way and their enthusiasm was amazing.”
Chair of the Louth In Bloom committee Sue Locking said: “I just want to thank everyone who has helped out with all the aspects of this year’s In Bloom competition and has helped us to get us to where we are now.”
Now all that remains is an agonising wait to see what accolade Louth will gain this year. The announcement of all of this year’s awards will be made at a special awards ceremony on September 17.