Marlborough in Bloom - judges impressed by the strong sense of community
The weather smiled on Marlborough yesterday (13 July) as the South West in Bloom judges toured all the beautiful displays created by the town to fulfil Marlborough's attempt to hoist a Gold Standard award in this year's SWiB competition.
Success breeds success and a greater challenge, and following previous year's excellent awards Marlborough is now being judged against some the South West's regular winners, such as Exeter, Truro and Portishead.
The judges were impressed with the quality of the displays present, but also with the strong sense of the community coming together in Marlborough. This was demonstrated by the efforts put in by the traders and businesses, and a quick walk down the High Street shows how the business community support the town's entry.
Several presentations were made during the tour. Firstly Val Compton received the London & Manchester trophy on behalf of the Kennet Place Waterfront Garden Association, having been joint first for the most Outstanding Environmental Initiative in the South West in last year’s competition. The co-winners had the cup for the first half of the year and when there was a slight delay in getting the cup to Marlborough, it was decided to ask Jon Wheatley to present it on the judging day. Then the various winners of Marlborough’s Garden Competition sponsored by Henry George estate agents received their trophies at the Henry George offices behind the Town Hall.
Richard Beale, Marlborough Town Council's former head of ground and estates said "Marlborough in Bloom was very pleased to host Jon Wheatley and Denise James on the 2017 in Bloom judging day. Were able to show the town at its best, vibrant and welcoming. In his summing up, Jon chief South West in Bloom Judge, said that it had been an excellent day.
Roll on 5th October at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay where Marlborough's success will be declared.