Bloom judges arrive in Northampton this week to look at the town’s floral displays

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East Midlands in Bloom judges are arriving in Northampton on Thursday to judge the town’s 2014 floral displays.

Last year the East Midlands in Bloom judges said “The sun shone and so did Northampton” and went on to praise the town for its warm welcome and for the obvious enthusiasm for bloom shown by Northampton Borough Council, local businesses and the community.

During this year’s visit judges will be taken on a walking tour of the town centre before visiting many of the town’s beautiful parks and open spaces, including Hunsbury Hill Country Park, Brackmills Wood and Delapre. They will also call in and see a range of businesses, community groups and individual residents that have entered this year’s local bloom competition.

The Mayor of Northampton councillor John Caswell, leader of Northampton Borough Council councillor David Mackintosh and members of the Northampton Bloom Planning Committee will greet the judges when they arrive at the Guildhall.

Councillor Mike Hallam, chair of the Northampton Bloom Planning Committee and Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Making our town look as beautiful as it does when so much regeneration is happening is quite an achievement. All of us who are involved in bloom are really proud of how great the floral displays look.

“As well as hundreds of blooming baskets and planters in and around the town centre, we also have some very special additions that reflect the ‘remembrance and celebration’ theme of our 2014 entry. A large roadside poppy display, wildflower and poppy patches, a pop up cottage garden in the Market Square and giant shoe planter are four of the floral delights gracing the town. It has been a great year so far and we would like to thank everyone who has been part of bloom. Medal or no medal, we are all winners in my eyes.”