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In-bloom judging route set to impress

Boston's in-bloom team has announced the route for judges to follow this summer.

The Royal Horticultural Society judges only allocate two-and-a-half hours for their Boston tour. Some fresh elements have been introduced for 2015 in line with feedback from judges from last year when the town received a silver gilt award.

The route will take in the Butterfly Hospice grounds, Willoughby Road allotments, Wide Bargate, Memorial Gardens, Central Park entrance, Pescod Square, Market Place, Town Bridge, Custom House Quay, Fydell House, Pilgrims' Patch and the Boston West Academy.

Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's partnerships and sustainability manager, said: "The allocation of only two-and-half hours, excluding the presentation and meeting the press, presents practical difficulties. Travel time needs to be minimised to maximise time at individual features.

"In an ideal world we would have a mix of all the different types of features located together within walking distance. Unfortunately that's not possible. We feel that the town centre is vital to Boston in Bloom because of its visibility and extensive use by both residents and visitors."

Despite the time constraints Boston-in-Bloom chairman, Alison Fairman, pointed out that the team was keen to "freshen things up".

She said: "We've altered around a third of the route to incorporate the Butterfly Hospice grounds, Willoughby Road allotment site and Pilgrims' Patch, and, hopefully, more private gardens."

Witham Way Country Park will be shown to the judges as part of a video introductory presentation.

In-bloom vice chairman, Cllr Yvonne Gunter, said: "There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline which are designed to make Boston greener and more appealing to both residents and visitors.

"Some of these will be ready for 2015, while others are to feature in 2016. Watch this space in the coming months for more details.

"We are very grateful for the continuing support that we receive from volunteers, sponsors, local organisations such as HMP North Sea Camp and the business community which tops up the council's planting schemes."