The award winning Halstead in Bloom team have been out in force in recent weeks ensuring the town was ready for the arrival of the Anglia in Bloom judges on Thursday.
Last year Halstead was named the best floral town in the country so the pressure was on for the group.
“We think that the day went well, and the judges were interested in what we showed them,” said group secretary Julia Smith. “So many people turned out to greet the judges and had made huge efforts to clear and clean the areas around their premises.
“Halstead Town Council and Braintree District Council made special efforts to spruce up street furniture and the town really did shine.”