Cricklade to launch Britain in Bloom celebrations / This is Wiltshire

THE NATIONWIDE launch of the Britain in Bloom celebrations will kick off in this weekend.The town has been selected as one of only five finalists in the elite Champion of Champions category in the competition this year.To mark the occasion, families are invited along to plant a tree to help create a small new woodland area at Fairview Fields on Saturday. Full Article at This is Wiltshire by By Katie Bond

And back by popular demand on Sunday will be the Worm Charming Competition at Saxons Rest in Waylands.

Last year, the total number of Crickladian worms wooed to the surface was almost 1,000 and organisers are hoping to beat the record this year.

The competition is governed by a strict set of criteria – no digging or stimulants are allowed.

For 40 nail-biting minutes, teams of up to six dance, sing and generally entice the creatures above ground level within a marked plot. Unlawful practices are closely monitored by a team of highly-trained professionals.

The worms are then carefully counted and the winner is announced and presented with a prestigious award. All worms are humanely returned to their natural habitat afterwards.

Town crier Chris Atkins, who helped to officiate at last year’s competition, said: “This is a really enjoyable event and one people were talking about for weeks last year.

“It really has to be seen to be believed. It’s typical of Cricklade – the community getting together to have fun and work together towards doing the best we all can for the 2011 Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions competition”.

The tree planting takes place on Saturday between 10am and 2pm and the worm charming takes place on Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

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