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Boston in Bloom welcomes EMIB judge on tour of the town

This morning Boston was seen to be blooming, thriving and looking bright as the town welcomed East Midlands in Bloom (EMIB) judges saw for themselves the town's team efforts.

Judge Richard Stephen, accompanied by Nicholas Litherland, toured the town today (Tuesday 4th July) to see the hard work and many hours of dedication put in all year-round by volunteers to enhance the town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors.

They were shown around by Alison Fairman, Chair of Boston in Bloom who presented an array of work volunteers have achieved since last year's entry as well as ongoing and future projects, one of which was Dion Woods and Willoughby Road Allotments. Since last year's visit a further 17,000 trees have been planted at Dions Wood and a new kitchen community area and water harvesting equipment has been installed at Willoughby Road Allotments.

Boston has been awarded Gold status for the last seven years and volunteers are hopeful they can maintain the standard following this year's team effort. EMIB judges always take many notes, photographs and make suggestions but do not give anything away on their decision until the official awards ceremony in September.

The tour began at Boston Cemetery before heading over to Dions Wood and Willoughby Road allotments and then onto town centre projects with a refreshment break at The White Hart Hotel. Moving over to the south side of town they then visited The Home Nursey, Pilgrims Patch and the Haven Meadow and Custom House Quay with the tour ending at Fydell House where lunch was served.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Boston, Cllr David Brown met the judges at Fydell House to thank them for visiting Boston and to thank all of the dedicated volunteers and workers who put a tireless amount of hours in each week to help keep Boston bright and blooming.

Judge, Richard Stephen said: "It has been a few years since I last came to Boston as a judge and I have certainly seen improvement in some of the areas and a couple of things I haven't seen before. There is a lot of good work being carried out in the community and everyone's efforts are being noticed. I have really enjoyed my day and have seen some nice things on our tour."

Alison Fairman, Chairman of Boston in Bloom said: "Boston in Bloom was again delighted to welcome Royal Horticultural Society judges to Boston. Our volunteers always work very hard in all areas in central Boston to help make the town cleaner and greener."

"It would be wonderful to win gold again and we look forward to finding out how well we have done in September."

Alison also thanked the sponsors who without them some of the projects would have been impossible and Duckworth Jaguar who lent a fully-electric Jaguar iPace to transport the judges around for the day.

At the end of the tour Judge Richard was asked to present this year's Robert Lauberts Environment and Community Award for 2023 to Adrian Isaac, who founded The Boston Woods Trust. Kathy Dawes of the Wyberton Wombles group was presented with a highly commended certificate for her passion in wombling since the formation of the group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The East Midlands in Bloom Awards Ceremony will take place in Spalding in September 2023.