East Midlands in Bloom judges have given Louth their seal of approval after being given a guided tour of the town during one of the hottest days of the year today (Tuesday).
Judges Diane Moore, Robin Allan and Richard Stephen were shown around the town where they had the chance to analyse Louth’s entry into the competition and meet those behind it.
Organisers in Louth now face an anxious wait until September to find out if this year’s entry will go one better than last year’s silver gilt award and pick up the acclaimed gold standard.
Robin Allan, one of the three judges, said he thought Louth was a ‘lovely place with tremendous history’.
“It’s been very well presented with a lot of dedication from the people of Louth,” he said.
“Of course it’s always better when the sun shines!”
Colleague Richard Stephen told us his ‘stand out’ spots along the route were Charles Street, Spout Yard and the Almshouses.
“We saw some terrific things this year and it’s not all concentrated on one area,” he said.
“It’s a totally different tour from last year, what they’ve done is listen to the judges’ comments from last year.
“We want to see the community involvement and that’s what makes this such a good entry.
“I’m sure they’ll do well again this year.”
Chair of Louth in Bloom, Chris Brook, said: “I think it’s gone very well, fortunately we were extremely organised but we’ve had incredible support from the community.
“I think the judges have been impressed but who knows? We have to wait for the final judgement.
“We’re fortunate we’ve had enough rain to make things green and really bring them on but the sunshine makes a big difference too.
“We’ve tried to show different aspects of the community this year by changing the route and bringing in community planting.
“We took on board everything that the judges said last year and the most important thing is we’ve had plenty of fun!”