Judges put town under scrutiny for national competition

Judges cast their eyes over Caistor for the town's first appearance in the Britain in Bloom competition (Lin)
Judges cast their eyes over Caistor for the town's first appearance in the Britain in Bloom competition (Lin)

More than a year’s hard work by Caistor residents was recognised as Britain in Bloom judges paid the town a visit for the first time.

Caistor won the ‘best large village’ title in last year’s in East Midlands competition.

And this qualified the town for the national competition.

And it seems the judges were impressed with what they saw.

Edible Britain is the RHS theme for 2013 and Caistor in Bloom took on the challenge to represent this in its entry in several ways.

As early as March, students from the town’s schools got on board with growing potatoes, following a generous donation from Grasby farmer George Thompson.

And on the route around the town, judges Martyn Hird and Andrew Jackson visited the Jubilee community orchard, featuring a range of fruit trees, the grounds of St Peter and Paul’s Church, as well as seeing an abundance of planters and the impressive transformation of Westbrook Grove pond by residents.

But residents say the highlight had to be a visit to the Montessori School, where avid young gardener Anton took great delight in showing the judges the vast quantity of environmental and horticultural projects they had achieved.

He encouraged the judges to take a look at pupils’ courgettes and planters.

With this obvious enthusiasm and the production of an ‘incredible edible trail’ leaflet, many of the boxes were ticked.

But Caistor in Bloom and its community partners will have to wait until Saturday, October 12 for the results.

The results will be announced during an awards ceremony in Cleethorpes.