Can town end 10-year wait?

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ANGLIA in Bloom judges were given a tour of Sudbury yesterday as the town held its breath in the wait to find out whether it will receive a prestigious gold medal.

Judges from the competition, which looks for examples of horticultural excellence, met with members of the Sudbury in Bloom committee before being shown around the town.

They visited the gardens at Gainsborough House, Belle Vue Park and the town’s water meadows.

Speaking ahead of the visit, committee chairman Nick Irwin said he was hopeful that Sudbury, competing in the best town category, would end its 10-year wait for a gold medal.

“The committee and its associated volunteers and supporters have put in an incredible effort over the last year to keep Sudbury looking as beautiful as ever,” he said.

“We have carried out various conservation and planting projects at locations such as on the William Armes factory site, Belle Vue Park, the water meadows and at the Sudbury Resource Centre.

“In partnership with the town council we have also put up more than 100 hanging baskets and we are sure the judges will be impressed by what they see.”

Since entering the competition – which is open to all communities across the region – in 1999, Sudbury has won a prize for its displays every year.