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Boston in Bloom: 'WOW!' says judge

Boston has been judged for this year's in-bloom competition and the results, due to be announced in September, are now awaited.

All the indications are good - judge Ian Cooke, from the Royal Horticultural Society, said "Wow" after touring the town and "Wow" again when he and fellow RHS judge Diane Moore concluded with a visit to Boston West Academy.

Ian said: "We have had a fantastic morning and seen some wonderful sights - heritage, beautiful gardens and lots of community effort. This school is extraordinary."

Asked for a clue as to the final result he said: "You won't be disappointed."

Last year Boston received its second silver in-bloom award - just one point short of going up to a silver gilt.

Ian added that they had judged 11 others - poor, intermediate and good. "I'm not giving anything away but it's fair to say you are one of the highlights of the past two weeks. Keep up the good work. The work here in the school and garden is absolutely exemplary."

Boston-in-Bloom Partnership chairman, Alison Fairman, told the judges it was a continuous year-round effort with hard work put in by a huge team of volunteers and the borough council's parks and grounds staff.

She said they had taken heed of advice given by judges in previous years and aimed for continuous improvement.

The judges' tour of the town included the transformed garden at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, the garden at Fydell House, Custom House Quay, the Market Place, the knot garden in the grounds of the Stump, Ingram Memorial, Pescod Square, Wide Bargate, Park Gate and Memorial Gardens.

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Frank Thompson, of the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, shows the judges Memorial Gardens

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Most of the complete Boston-in-Bloom team with judges in the spectacular garden at Boston West Academy

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Boston in Bloom judges Diane Moore, front left, and Ian Cooke, front, third from left, with partnership members in the garden at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex

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Memorial Gardens volunteer Frank Thompson hopes a kiss will gain extra points from judge Diane Moore

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Taken on a tour of the Boston West Academy fruit and vegetable plot, from left, Boston West Academy head Mike Schofield, Boston in Bloom judges Diane Moore and Ian Cooke, pupils Joseph Woods (10), Leonie Joyce (9) and Francesca Lavery (9)