CRICKLADE – BEST OF THE BEST.
Next Tuesday, 2nd August, Cricklade steps up to the bar in Britain in Bloom’s highest competitive category – Champion of Champions. In a total UK field of 5, this pretty, historical town is only one of two finalists in the whole of England chosen to compete for this national title. Two RHS judges, Martyn Hird and Jeff Bates, will spend most of the morning touring the town taking note of the efforts made by the local community to bring the area to this outstanding level of achievement.
Among other fantastic efforts throughout the county, Cricklade leads Wiltshire in its success in the annual RHS competition. It has won the South West regional award four times and won the national title of Best Small Town in the UK in 2008 and was just inches away from winning it again in 2010. This is no easy feat as the Britain in Bloom contest is open to towns, villages and cities all over the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Competition is high with more than 1,000 communities taking part in 2010.
Cricklade Bloomers, the voluntary group spearheading this along with the Town Council, Wiltshire Council and other local groups and individuals have again worked tirelessly to clean up and green up the town. Last week nine separate Cricklade groups impressed visiting RHS assessors in the countrywide campaign – It’s Your Neighbourhood.
Chair of Cricklade Bloomers, Anita Barratt said: “We are all so proud of what our town has achieved. It’s not just about floral displays, the aim is also to engage with local communities to improve the environment we live in so it’s sustainable planting and landscaping through to the dealing with litter and graffiti. Next week is the culmination of years of effort with lots of success along the way and to win Champion of Champions would be a fabulous achievement as Cricklade is representing not only Wiltshire but the whole of the south of England.
The judge’s route includes a visit to the Community Garden and the town’s famous National Nature Reserve, North Meadow, as well as the resplendent High Street and various residential areas. The judges and other guests including Jane Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council, will join Cricklade Bloomers in their garden behind the Town Council offices for a short lunch. This will give them a chance to chat about the town including future plans around the creation of a gateway to Cricklade at the Eastern Roundabout at the A419 and the creation of a Heritage Trail with interpretation boards around Cricklade.
The winner of the competition will be announced at a ceremony at St Andrews, Scotland on Sunday, 25th September 2011.
PHOTO AND PRESS OPPORTUNITY
There will be a press and photo opportunity during the judge’s tour when they visit Abingdon Court Farm at 1040 am on 2nd August. At this point everyone will also be treated to singing from local Community Choir – Sing 4/4
For more information please contact Anita Barratt, Cricklade Bloomers on 07889986166
or Shelley Parker, Town Clerk, Cricklade Town Council, 113 High Street, Cricklade, SN6 6AE Telephone – 01793 751394 – E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cricklade Bloomers at http://www.crickladeinbloom.co.uk