Celebrations in Caistor as town picks up a top trophy at Britain in Bloom awards ceremony

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Caistor In Bloom EMN-151016-085348001

Caistor has scooped a silver gilt award in the large village category at the national Britain in Bloom competition – to the delight of organisers.

More than 1,000 Bloom groups from across Britain were vying for the coveted awards – and of these just 70 finalists were chosen to represent their region in the UK finals, with Caistor representing the East Midlands.

Caistor In Bloom chairman Deborah Barker, was at the ceremony in Sunderland on Friday evening (October 16) - and is thrilled with the award.

She said: “Entry to such a prestigious competition has really put Caistor on the national map.

“The publicity on becoming a Britain in Bloom finalist has really helped to inspire more volunteers and sponsors.

“Our progress in the competition is very encouraging.”

The Britain in Bloom, with the Royal Horticultural Society, awards ceremony was hosted by TV Presenter and gardening expert James Alexander-Sinclair.

It aims to celebrate the amazing work carried out by dedicated volunteers to recognise excellence, innovation and a commitment to keeping the UK’s villages, towns and cities clean, green and beautiful.

The Britain in Bloom with the RHS judging panel met with representatives of each finalist throughout the summer to assess each of the 70 Bloom campaigns against three key criteria: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Judging panel chairman Roger Burnett said: “This has been a vintage year for Britain in Bloom with communities across the country coming together to create wonderful floral displays that benefit not just the individuals involved, but their communities and the wider environment.

“Thanks to the work of Britain in Bloom, our pollinators are better supported, once neglected areas of our towns, villages and cities are turning from grey to green, and communities are coming together with a shared purpose.

“The standard of entries this year has been incredibly high.

“It is an honour to recognise and celebrate the work these amazing people do to build stronger, healthier and happier communities through gardening.”

The award comes just a couple of weeks after Caistor was named as Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Best Kept area.

The town won the award in the tough ‘past winners’ category of the competition.