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Now the long wait for gold begins

In-bloom judge Peter Benham toured the town yesterday, but his decision will not be revealed until mid-September.

However, he said: "You're all winners. People are getting involved, everything is improving and everyone who lives in Boston, those who work here, spend leisure time here have a nice place to be."

He praised volunteers and sponsors saying: "The council cannot do it all. There are real benefits in the way this brings people together."

He said he had last visited in 2011, on an advisory tour before Boston first entered East Midlands in Bloom awards.

He told how he encouraged Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, to get involved in the in-bloom movement... "But I didn't tell him what hard work it would be," he joked.

Boston Mayor, Cllr Judith Skinner, agreed Boston in Bloom had improved the town for all and thanked all for the hard work they had done.

Cllr Claire Rylott, the council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said so many voluntary groups were doing "fantastic things".

"Without you we wouldn't have such a wonderful market town to encourage visitors, businesses, tourism and people who live and work here."

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Robert Lauberts Environment and Community Award

The culmination of the event at Boston West Academy saw the presentation of the annual Robert Lauberts Environment and Community Award.

Alison Fairman, chairman of Boston in Bloom committee said this year the quality of nominations meant there had to also be a runners-up award.

Rachel Lauberts presented the award to Neville Dodd, a member of Witham East Placecheck Group, a founder member of Boston Big Local and Boston Greenscapers and other environmental groups. She said Neville was passionate about horticulture, had a love of wildlife and "gives so much of himself to the betterment of Boston. He is kind, generous and works like a Trojan".

Alison presented, with a big hug, the first-time runners-up award to Angela Evans. She said a weed was an insult to Angela, seeds she had nurtured were plants all over Boston and without her Fydell House garden would not be what it is.