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Britain-in-Bloom judge for 'In your neighbourhood'

Judging has begun for Boston's second bid for Britain-in-Bloom glory, starting with the "In Your Neighbourhood" category.

Judges were in town on Thursday (July 4) to view the efforts of community volunteers, including Boston Greenscapers. They visited Custom House Quay and the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex garden to judge this category, which focuses on community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. It was set up to acknowledge local community groups "cleaning up and greening up" their immediate environment.

Custom House Quay has undergone a major make-over, which was run by volunteers from Boston Greenscapers, with the support of Boston Borough Council, to tidy and improve the waterfront site. This included a deep high-pressure jet wash clean, repairs and repointing to crumbling masonry and brickwork, weeding and planting. A new interpretation board has also been added, explaining the historical significance of the quay.

Future plans for the area include fitting a giant buoy used to guide ships in The Wash, a reclaimed dinghy set with coast-loving plants and a ship's mast.

The derelict area at the rear of the training pool at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex has undergone dramatic improvement to make it a unique and relaxing garden area with a large patio area, water feature, benches and planting, including fruit bushes. This was all done by volunteers from Boston Greenscapers with the help of staff from the centre.

Free or discounted plants have been provided for the sites by HM Prison North Sea Camp, Thistles Nursery, Bell Brothers Nursery Outlet, B&Q and Homebase.

It is only Boston's second year in the Britain-in-Bloom campaign, managing to achieve a silver award in its first year.

Rachel Lauberts, of Boston Greenscapers, said: "I think the judges were impressed. We have fingers crossed for a good result again this year."

The results of the "In your neighbourhood" awards are set to be announced in September. Last year Boston Greenscapers achieved a level 3 award and hope to improve on that position this year.

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Inspecting the improved Custom House Quay area for the In Your Neighbourhood award. From left, judge Liz Walker, Greenscaper Rachel Lauberts, judge Beulah Sturgess, Greenscapers Rob Lauberts and Rodney Bowles and Tom Preston from the adjoining Waterfront pub, which has been a supporter of the quay's clean-up team