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In-bloom thanks

They all helped say it in flowers, and on Monday they took special delivery of a message of thanks.

Pictured are supporters, sponsors and helpers who took part in Boston's big first in-bloom effort this year.

They gathered together near two of the flowering planters that they helped supply and set up next to the Five Lamps in Boston Market Place to receive the grateful thanks of the Boston in Bloom steering group.

Now all wait with bated breath for the results of the judging, due to be announced next month (September).

Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, Cllr Yvonne Gunter, told them how appreciative the group was for all their ideas, sponsorship and hard work. She said the town environment looked so much better, a view supported by surprise guest, East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin.

She had been in Boston visiting Mountain's Boston Sausage shop to get the latest on the campaign to get protected status for Lincolnshire sausages.

Emma came into the Market Place to enjoy the recent £2 million refurbishment - £1.1 million was European funding - and stumbled by accident upon the Boston in Bloom gathering. She said how nice the town was looking and wished the group well for when the judges' results are announced.

Those in the picture represent Boston Borough Council, Boston BID, Boston Mayflower, Boston Preservation Trust, Boston Placecheck, North Sea Camp, Lincolnshire CVS, Pescod Square, Asda, Boston Seeds, Longhurst and Havelok Homes, Calders and Grandidge, Bell Brothers Nurseries, the White Hart Hotel,

South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society, Thistles Nursery, Friends of Witham Way Country Park, Boston Greenscapers, Boston Woods Trust, Boston Rotary Club, Boston West Primary School, Park Primary School and the Boston Target and the Boston Standard.

The in-bloom competition is not only about flowers, it takes into account community involvement in making lasting improvements to areas for everyone who lives, works and visits there. It includes horticultural standards, tackling litter, graffiti, wildlife conservation, communication and education, environmental sustainability and local heritage.

Boston in Bloom group

Boston in Bloom 2012 says thanks... pictured centre front, from left, MEP Emma McClarkin, Boston Mayor Cllr Colin Brotherton and Cllr Yvonne Gunter.