There’s no let up in Halstead in Bloom’s ambition as it looks to bring yet more success and golden prizes to the town.
With the Anglia in Bloom judges arriving on Friday final preparations are under way, but the hardworking volunteers from Halstead found time to show the Free Press around the town.
With a list of awards including numerous golds at Anglia in Bloom, two best town in East Anglia prizes, a Queen’s award for volunteering, gold at the invitational Britain in Bloom and a runner-up prize in the best town in Britain category, it would be easy for the members to down tools for a year and take a well earned rest.
Instead they have been back at it again, designing and creating beautiful floral masterpieces that they hope will not only win gold, but most importantly bring visitors to the town, boost local businesses and bring the community together.
A reasonably confident Joan Gibson, plant designer for Halstead in Bloom, said: “I think it looks good. We’ve had quite a few compliment from residents which is gratifying.
“But you can never tell because the judges see things that maybe we don’t.”
This year there is a very royal theme with the causeway decorated in purple and gold to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, while there is also a floral crown and a shield.
The rest of the town has been given a makeover of softer feminine colours, again harking back to the Queen’s special year, but avoiding the red and blue that Mrs Gibson feels everyone else will be doing.
There are also floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Workers Educational Association in the public gardens and to the 20th anniversary of Anglia in Bloom by the hospital.
Mrs Gibson said the aim would again be to win gold at Anglia in Bloom level.
She explained that the awards were based on much more than just the flowers themselves, with links to local businesses and schools and an understanding of sustainability and recycling taken into account.
Nevertheless the committee, the many volunteers and the town as a whole will be hoping that a year’s worth of hard work will be once again rewarded with gold.