Wait begins for Boston's in-bloom result
The work's been done, the judges have visited and now the long wait for Boston's in-bloom result begins.
Adults with learning disabilities show the in-bloom judges the results of their hard work near the Ingram Memorial
In-bloom judges, third from left, Robin Allan, sixth from left, Richard Stephen, and eighth from left, Diane Moore, with members of Boston 2013 in-bloom team
Boston entered the awards for the first time last year and was pleased to receive a silver award.
This year, acting on comments from the judges last year, two major projects were undertaken - a facelift of Custom House Quay and the transformation of derelict land at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex into a kitchen garden.
Judges were also shown other community efforts, much undertaken by volunteers, including Boston Greenscapers, HM Prison North Sea Camp and South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society, to make the town bloom.
After a welcome at Boston West Academy by Cllr Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council's parks and open spaces portfolio holder, the judges were given a full outline of all that had been done in the past year as time did not allow for them to visit and see everything.
Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, gave details of projects such as a widespread bulb planting, the further enhancement of Witham Way Country Park and establishment of community orchards across the borough.
Mike Schofield, head at Boston West Academy, told how gardening was now part of their curriculum and took the judges on a tour of the grounds to see the emerging eco centre "The Hive". He also pointed out a nest box on the school site with four kestrel chicks inside. A camera relays live footage to the school for children to follow the chicks' progress. Pictures from inside the nest box can be seen on the school's website.
The judges were shown Woodville Road play area, planting at Asda and Grand Sluice and the marina and visited Wormgate, Jay's garden in Archers Lane, the Stump grounds and the knot garden and Puritan Path, planting at the Ingram Memorial where they met adults with learning disabilities from Thistles day centre and nursery at Sutterton, Strait Bargate, Wide Bargate, Central Park, the Memorial Gardens, Pescod Square, the Market Place, Waterfront pub, Custom House Quay, the Guildhall and Fydell House and gardens.
Mayor of Boston, Cllr Paul Kenny, told the judges he hoped they would be impressed by the "amazing" partnership working there had been.
Judge Richard Stephen said they would have to wait until September fortheir result but hinted "something nice" would be coming their way.
Boston Greenscaper Rachel Lauberts explains the Custom House Quay project to the in-bloom judges