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Picture Special - Going for gold as bloom judges come to town

Malvern Editorial 30th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

JUDGES from Heart of England in Bloom have visited Malvern as the town once again bids for another successive gold award.

Roger Bache, who is no stranger to Malvern having judged the area before, and Nicola Clarke making her first visit to the hills, were guided along a designated route last Friday (July 25) showcasing the best of the town’s flora and fauna.

John Jordan, chairman of the Malvern in Bloom group, led the way while the judges also got chance to speak to town council staff who have worked around the clock in recent weeks preparing various sites and settings.

Traders from Barnards Green and representatives from Malvern Hills Conservators were among others who pitched in with contributions on the day.

Beginning at the Priory, the judges were whisked away on a two and a half hour whistle stop tour which took in numerous sites such as Priory Park, Great Malvern Cemetery and Victoria Park.

The last destination was Rose Bank Gardens where the back story of the beauty spots’ iconic Buzzard statues was told before the judges were shown the well spring which has recently been discovered.

The results of the Heart of England in Bloom will be revealed in September but the visit was also something of a dress rehearsal for when the town is judged in the national competition of RHS Britain in Bloom tomorrow (Thursday, July 31).

Mr Bache said: “It is always good to come to Malvern, there has been some significant changes this year and Rose Bank Gardens for one is a lot different.

“I was also impressed to see the community garden at the Cube being utilised by the community. The beddings were really nice in Victoria Park which is really well used which is good to see.”

Mr Jordan added: “We had beautiful weather for it and I feel we have all done our best. The judges gave us some good feedback and there are definitely some areas we can look to improve on before the national judges come to Malvern.

“I would like to say thankyou to everyone who has taken part in helping preparing the town, no matter how big or small their contribution.”

Malvern MP Harriett Baldwin, who was also taken on a tour on the day, added: “The gardens are beautiful and I wanted to pay tribute to all the people who work so hard to make this part of Malvern look so stunning.

“I want to wish the town all the best in the competition and I hope we are able to celebrate some good news in the near future.”

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