Keen gardeners are waiting on tenterhooks to see if Bexhill will be among the award winners for this year’s South and South East in Bloom competitions.
Judges Ken Turner and Maggie Whittaker were in town last week to mark the town in the Coastal category, which Bexhill has won for the past two years. Now the town is hoping for a hat-trick.
Bexhill in Bloom chairman Sandy Melvin said: “It was a wonderful sunny day when we met at The Cooden Beach Hotel, who sponsor our refreshments including lunch.
“The Greeting party included myself, secretary Greta Vipond and Brian Griffiths from Rother Council Parks Department. Guest of Honour Brett McLean stayed with us as we went around the two and a half hour pre-planned journey around the town.
“The route took us from Little Common to Sidley, who had also entered as an ‘In your Neighbourhood’ category.
“We stopped first at the allotments, then walked down the high street viewing the displays and new containers. We spoke to Jay at Carrolls greengrocers who explained to the judges about the Heart of Sidley and their achievements.
“We visited King Offa Academy, the recent Joint Winner with St Mary’s Trust, Wrestwood Road, where judges saw their entry into Plant A Wildlife Garden. The other entries, All Saints and Rainbows, received Highly Commended.
“Next we visited Jameson Mews, part of Bexhill College where we met Penny Thomas and people with learning difficulties who love to show off their gardening techniques in the garden they have created.
“On to the seafront past the War Memorial, the Bexhill in Bloom Marina Flower Bed, from where we took a walk along the sea front and visited many private gardens, which impressed the judges, before going through Egerton Park where we met Rebecca Owen.
“During the afternoon, judging of Manor Gardens took place in the Parks category. Why not follow the tour on the Bexhill in Bloom Facebook page?
“We have to wait till September for the South and South East in Bloom Awards to see how Bexhill has fared. Judging for Sidley in Bloom is on July 23 and Bexhill in Bloom on July 27. Awards commence at 5pm on Friday September 25 at the Caring Community, Sackville Road.
“A big Thank you to Bexhill Caring Community who supplied a vehicle and driver to escort the judges round.”
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