As winners of last year’s London Borough Trophy, Enfield has been judged in the finals of the Large City category for the Britain in Bloom competition, competing against the best from other regions around the country.
Judges Bob Sweet and Roger Burnett toured the borough last week, accompanied by Royal Horticultural Society representative Bianca Lapins and Steve Jones, a representative of B&Q, Britain in Bloom’s major sponsor. They were escorted by Enfield in Bloom co-ordinator Ann Tott.
The judges visited parks, churches, schools businesses and front gardens to seek out examples of horticultural excellence and looked at future plans for improving areas that need attention.
Tott said: “We’ve had a great community spirit, it has felt like a village community — not something you’d associate with a London
borough. The weather was also great, with the sunshine really enhancing the displays.”
Local volunteers helped to prepare for the day, including children, who helped to plant and maintain horse troughs, highway flowerbeds and roundabouts. Judges met with some of them and were particularly impressed with Derek and Margaret Fletcher’s prize-winning front garden, which they felt was one of the best they had seen so far.
Lapins commented: “Enfield
put on a great judging tour. It was a very balanced tour, which showed us how Enfield in Bloom has enhanced the local community and businesses.”
The results of the competition will be announced on 30 September at London’s Guild Hall.
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