BOSTON picked up four awards at this year’s In Bloom competition – including an above-expectations silver.
This was the first year the town had entered the competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, but the judges felt it was worthy of a silver award in the East Midlands large towns category.
“Now we are going for gold,” said Coun Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for parks and open spaces. “We have an excellent story of persuasion to tell now that we have achieved silver for even more individuals, groups, organisations and commercial interests to get on board. We don’t want to have any areas of Boston which might let us down.”
Boston West Primary School, part of the town’s overall submission, was visited by the judges on their tour of the town in July and received a silver gilt award in the East Midlands school gardens competition.
The Friends of Witham Way Country Park received the judges’ award for their efforts to maintain and improve the area. .
Boston Greenscapers, a team of volunteer gardeners who helped improve and tidy areas of the town achieved a level three award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign. The maximum award is a level five.
Niall Armstrong, Boston in Bloom’s steering group chairman, said it was thanks to a massive community effort that the town had done so well at its first attempt.
He praised all who had worked so hard to impress the judges, including the many volunteers who weeded, planted and litter-picked.
He said: “To get silver at our first attempt is fantastic. It was a true community effort and good news for Boston. The judges were really impressed with the level of community involvement.”
The judges said the steering group had wide-ranging support, a clear vision for the future and an impressive range of projects underway. They said they left Boston with feelings of optimism for its future.
Areas of achievement they highlighted included the Memorial Gardens, Central Park, Pescod Square, Wormgate, Boston West Primary School’s eco garden, the Friends of Witham Way Country Park, the local press and the borough council, the Preservation Trust, Boston BID, South Lincs Horticultural Society, Master Gardeners and the Central Park community garden scheme, Thistles Nursery, North Sea Camp, Asda, Jubilee Avenue community scheme and the John Fielding Special School and volunteers.
Mr Armstrong reserved special mention for Boston Mayflower, Boston Placecheck, Lincolnshire CVS, Boston Seeds, Longhurst and Havelok Homes, Calders and Grandidge, Bell Brothers Nurseries, the White Hart Hotel, Boston Woods Trust, Boston Rotary Club and Park Primary School.