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Best Kept Village and Market Town 2012

Butterwick and Freiston, as automatic qualifiers as previous winners, are the only Boston Borough communities to make it into the final round of Lincolnshire's Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition.

They will be being judged against Allington, Coleby, Greatford, North Thoresby, South Kyme and Tealby in the past winners category. The judging will be taking place during next month.

Teresa Palmer, Competition organiser, said: "The past winner's category has only one round in September, but this really is the best of the best of the smaller and medium sized villages in Lincolnshire." Other villages in the Boston Borough failed to make it to the finals from the five classes.

The competition has grown over the years to now represent more than 120 communities in five classes over three rounds in July, August and September. It encourages communities to take pride in their surroundings and work together to raise local environmental standards.

Communities are judged on factor such as green spaces, Community Buildings and Good Environmental Practice.

The competition, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is run by Community Lincs in partnership with CPRE and sponsorship from the county and district councils, with continued support from Pennells Garden Centres, who have been involved with the competition since 1964.