Bracknell in Bloom judges in townBy Becky Barnes
July 23, 2012
Bracknell looked bloomin’ great when judges visited the town for the Thames & Chilterns in Bloom competition.
Judgment day for Bracknell in Bloom was on Thursday, July 12, when Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges toured the town alongside key representatives from local organisations.
This year’s theme was ‘patriotic’.
Mary Harris, chair of the Bracknell in Bloom committee and town clerk at Bracknell Town Council, said: “It was wonderful to present Bracknell in full bloom to the judges – they seemed to enjoy their visit and were very interested and particularly impressed by the community’s involvement.”
RHS judges Mike Gass and John Alcock visited the town centre, Dennis Pilcher House in Rowley Close, Holly Spring Junior School in Lily Hill Road and St Michael and Mary Magdalene Churchyard in Crowthorne Road. They also visited Waitrose, in Bond Way, before finishing the tour at South Hill Park arts centre in Birch Hill.
Mary said: “One highlight was the flowers in the town centre – as always. The judges were delighted with the community garden at Dennis Pilcher House and enjoyed talking to children at Holly Spring Junior School.
“They were very interested to see completion of the work at South Hill Park as they had seen it a year ago and they could see the growth and how it had moved on.
“Another highlight was Waitrose – they saw the living wall, the green roof in bloom in a golden colour, the Bug Hotel created by local children and the newly opened energy centre.”
Helen Barnett, marketing manager of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP), said: “It is fantastic to see the community pull together on such a magnificent display. We hope the hard work of everyone involved will be reflected in the results.”
The Bracknell in Bloom committee is a partnership between Bracknell Town Council, BRP, Bracknell Forest Homes, Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Horticultural Association with many other sponsors and supporters.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 19.