Floral town’s trio of awards

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Greenfingered Caistor residents have won the town a gold medal at East Midlands in Bloom - for an incredible fifth year in a row.

Talented group Caistor In Bloom picked up gold in the large village category.

And if that was not enough, Caistor company Systematic Print Management won silver in the retail/commercial premises category and the town’s White Hart Hotel won silver in the best pub/hotel garden or display category.

Caistor In Bloom chairman Deborah Barker said: “We’re very chuffed.

“It’s hard keeping that momentum going on year after year.”

Judges were impressed with the town’s abundance of floral displays.

And they awarded a special prize to Caistor In Bloom member Neil Birks for his voluntary work within the community and commitment to the group.

Ms Barker said the group won a maximum 50 out of 50 points in the ‘community involvement’ category.

She said: “We’re very 
proud.

“We’ve got a very strong community in Caistor.”

And Caistor In Bloom’s work has even impressed MP Sir Edward Leigh.

He said: “It is obviously a real achievement for volunteers and local residents that they have won this award yet again; showing their commitment to the local community.”

Systematic Print Management managing director Chris Robey is “delighted” with his firm’s silver award - and said it is all down to warehouse manager Bob Johnson.

He said: “Bob takes a ‘special interest’ in keeping the grounds of the business looking 
good.

“He puts a great deal of time and energy into it.

“This is all down to him. We’re delighted.

Mr Robey said Mr Johnson does litter picking and looks after two trees as well as a display of hanging 
baskets.

And to celebrate its 40th anniversary in April, the company planted some daffodils - and gave away 
4,000 bulbs.

Mr Robey said: “We had quite a magnificent display of daffodils in the 
spring.

“But we only do a fraction of the work Caistor In Bloom 
does.

“There’s so many people in Caistor who do so much for the community.

“There are some very dedicated people who 
give up a lot of time and 
energy.

“The Caistor In Bloom 
team are amazingly hard working.

“They’re constantly out and about to make Caistor look fantastic.

“To get gold in the large village category really is a tribute to them.”

Caistor will now go forward to the Britain in Bloom competition.

The results will be announced at a ceremony in Sunderland on October 
16.

At the time of going to press the Rasen Mail had been unable to contact the White 
Hart.

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