Boston In Bloom: Awards 2013 - moving on up
Boston's in-bloom team celebrated continued success at this year's awards held in Skegness on Wednesday.
Boston's entries progressed, although its bid to improve last year's silver award in the towns category fell just one heart-stopping point short of a silver gilt.
Last year, the first year the town had entered the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Awards, Boston scored 127 points in the East Midlands section. This year it scored 149 - just one point short of the 150 needed for a silver gilt award.
Volunteer gardeners Boston Greenscapers improved their standing in the It's Your Neighbourhood category - going up from a level three to a level four. The top award in this section is level five.
Pescod Square received a judges' award for its floral displays.
Chairman of Boston In Bloom, Niall Armstrong, said: "It's a fantastic result - we didn't quite manage to gain the silver gilt, but only by one point, and we are moving towards it. I would like to see more businesses and individuals become involved to help with our efforts for next year."
The judges said it was evident that the in-bloom partnership in Boston had continued to develop its entry and praised the "enthusiastic volunteers" they met during their tour of the town.
They said: "New projects planned over the next couple of years will certainly make Boston a force to be reckoned with"
Picked out for individual praise were Frank Thompson for his efforts in the Memorial Garden in Wide Bargte, Pescod Square, Jay's garde'n in Archer's Lane, Goodbarns, Bizzarro's, Pels and the Waterfront pub, the stump church grounds, Fydell House, the Guildhall, Custom House Quay, Thistles Nursery, HMP North Sea Camp and Boston Greenscapers.
They gave advice about further improvements which could be made for next year.
Boston Greenscapers received praise for their work on Custom House Quay and the Geoff Moulder kitchen garden.
The Boston in-bloom team with their awards on the front at Skegness