Volunteers’ golden touch nets top gong

Volunteers’ efforts have shined through to win gold in the latest In Bloom competition – with Fydell House taking its own special award.

Boston was given the award in the large towns category on Wednesday.

In Bloom

In Bloom

The win is the first gold it has received in the four years it has entered the competition – getting silver in 2012 and 2013 and silver gilt in 2014.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign is a nationwide initiative designed to transform cities, towns and villages.

Fydell House was given a gold judge’s award.

Boston in Bloom chairman and Fydell House trustee Alison Fairman said Boston’s performance this year would be ‘difficult to top’ adding: “We’re absolutely delighted about it for all the volunteers.”

She praised the Fydell House volunteer gardeners who she said ‘work all the way through the whole year’.

“It doesn’t matter if its raining or snowing, they’re here and its all voluntary, they don’t get paid but they do the work. So the trustees of the Fydell House management committee are delighted.”

She said the judges picked up on the voluntary effort, consisting of almost 700 people working, among others, in the centre of town, at the Butterfly Hospice, Witham Way Country Park, the Greenscapers and Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre.

She urged people: “Enjoy what you see around you and value the difference Boston in Bloom has made in the town and will value in the future.”

Portfolio holder for Grounds and Open Spaces Coun Claire Rylott thanked everyone who had helped in this year’s effort.

She said: “I think it was a fantastic achievement for Boston. In my opinion this competition is great for the town and I’m hoping we can do even better next year.”