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Are you on the in-bloom route?

In growing terms, the judging day for this year's Boston in Bloom is just around the corner and last-minute adjustments are being made to impress.

Volunteers and Boston Borough Council staff have been planting up with geraniums, trailing petunia, salvias, begonias, trailing geraniums, bacopa and more near the Ingram Memorial, Memorial Gardens and the Market Place.

Alison Fairman, chairman of the Boston in Bloom committee, thanked all the volunteers who have worked so hard over the past few months to help improve the town's appearance.

The same team, including Boston Greenscapers, other volunteer gardeners and litter pickers, South Lincolnshire Horticultural Society, HM Prison North Sea Camp and Boston Borough Council staff helped Boston achieve a silver gilt award last year.

They have been busy improving public areas which the Royal Horticultural Society judge will inspect. Alison has asked for all who live or have business premises on the judging route to do all they can with their frontages to make the town look appealing.

The judge will tour on Friday, July 17, starting from the Butterfly Hospice and taking in Willoughby Road, south end of Spilsby Road, Tawney Street, Wide Bargate, Strait Bargate, Pescod Square, Market Place, Town Bridge, South Street, Custom House Quay, Fydell House, South Square, Pilgrims' Patch, Liquorpond Street, Queen Street, Sleaford Road, Rosebury Avenue and Sussex Avenue finishing off at Boston West Academy.

Alison said: "Since first entering the in-bloom competition three years ago Boston has done incredibly well, and that's all thanks to magnificent efforts by a team of volunteers working with borough council staff." 

Cllr Claire Rylott, the council's portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, added: "We would be very grateful if people en route could make sure their gardens are tidy. Make sure litter is picked up from their frontage, or even just sweeping their path may make a huge difference, we need the local support to make Boston bloomin' great."

Sheila Lymer and Alison Fairman planting out in Memorial Gardens Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Sheila Lymer, a volunteer from the group Transcend, which has an allotment on the Spilsby Road site, and Alison Fairman busy at the entrance to the Memorial Gardens. The plants were grown and donated by prisoners from HM Prison North Sea Camp. Transcend caters for those who are unemployed and retired. Any surplus fruit and veg that they grow is given to Boston's homeless charity Centrepoint Outreach and the Salvation Army. Contact Sheila on 01205 722701 for more details.