Boston has done it again - walked away with its second gold in-bloom award. Last year it hit gold for the first time and on Wednesday (September 14) j...
Boston retained its gold status in the East Midlands in Bloom competition for the second year running. In his report the judge said: "the tour of the town demonstrated the growing strength and community commitment to Bloom and the positive impacts that it is having."
At the regional awards event at Mansfield, the town also scooped the Judges' Award 2016 for the transformation of the B&M open space by a range of partners. Landscaping improvements and public art featured prominently, including a community mosaic created by Memory Lane to raise awareness of dementia.
Other new projects featured in this year's entry included a pollinator-friendly corridor at Doughty Quay, an 'American' themed flower bed at St. Botolph's Church and new octagonal planters outside Boots based around permanent planting.
To round the day off perfectly, Boston West Academy was announced overall winner in the East Midlands Best School Garden 2016, scoring an amazing mark of 97 out of 100.
Alison Fairman, chairman of the Boston in Bloom Partnership, said "Everyone involved in this year's campaign has worked so hard. Many volunteers give freely of their time, effort and expertise only because they love this town and want to make it even better. They have been ably supported by staff from the borough council, especially the parks and grounds team and all those who help keep the town looking clean and tidy."
Councillor Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, said: "This is fantastic, a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen this year. Boston has much going for it if you look beyond the negativity."