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Halstead strikes gold for tenth year running at annual Anglia in Bloom awards




The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254290)
The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254290)

Halstead has once again staked its claim as one of the best-looking towns in East Anglia, after scooping a gold award at a major competition for the tenth year running.

Halstead was named as Best Town at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom awards, an annual awards presentation that celebrates the improvement of green spaces in the region and promotes maintaining sustainable, litter-free environments.

The town’s Public Gardens also won a gold in the Best Medium Park category, while the local cemetery picked up a silver in the Best Small Cemetery category.

The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254286)
The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254286)

In awarding Halstead the High Gold Award, the competition judges praised the quality of the town’s gardens and floral displays, stating the enthusiasm and hard work of the community, as well as the support of local councils, was evident.

“Every part of the town, in front of business premises, barriers, schools, and the railway station have some type of floral display to welcome visitors, and put a smile on the faces of residents and employees going to their place of work,” their statement reads.

“The judges were particularly impressed by their success with the involvement of younger members of the population with various projects.”

The awards continue the town’s successful streak in the contest, going back a decade.

The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254288)
The Halstead in Bloom team collects its awards at the 2018 Anglia in Bloom ceremony. Picture credit: Carol Street Photography. (4254288)

Margaret Eskins, chairman of Halstead in Bloom, which works to improve the town throughout the year, said they were delighted by their success, but emphasised the most important part is not the awards, but about making Halstead look good.

“We would still do this, even if we didn’t enter the competition. It’s more of an added incentive,” she said.

“We have an absolutely fantastic In Bloom team, who just work so hard to make sure the place is attractive, not only for residents, but also tourists.

“We have enormous support from the town, district and county councils.

“We have huge support from businesses who support us, and we have a marvellous nursery that grows plants for us.

“It’s all about attention to detail. The people in town just love it and, when they come to shop, it just brightens up their day.”

She added that Halstead intends to enter next year’s competition and encouraged more people to get involved.

If you are interested, contact Margaret Eskins on 01787 269443.



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