CAISTOR is celebrating after gaining a Gold award and the Category Winner’s title in the East Midlands in Bloom Awards 2012.
The results were announced last Wednesday at Springfields Festival Park, Spalding. Overall, Caistor scored an impressive 182 points out of 200, which was not only the highest mark in the category, but the highest mark in the entire competition.
Caistor, entered in the Large Village category, has also received a Judge’s Award for impressive levels of community engagement, scoring 49 points out of 50.
In a competition consisting of 55 community groups from across six counties, Caistor’s success is no mean feat.
And this success has increased over the years: having gained a Silver Gilt award in 2010, followed by a Gold award in 2011, the town has gone one better this year as category winner.
In doing so, Caistor in Bloom has lived up to the hopes of Ernie Brown, president of the organisation, who last year spoke of aiming higher and maintaining standards: a target which was evidently achieved.
Caistor in Bloom member, Deborah Barker, said “We are absolutely astounded with the result. I haven’t come back down to Earth yet.”
She also expressed the organisation’s delight in surpassing Market Bosworth, who beat Caistor by 10 points in 2011.
The judges were evidently impressed with the community involvement. Judge, John Simpson, who visited for a second year, said: “It was great to meet members of the community and shake people’s hands – some I recognised from the previous year - I must have seen 100 people in total.”
Deborah added “It’s not just about flowers, it’s about how you appear in the community.” Having gained 89 points out of 100 for Horticultural Achievement, Deborah highlighted this as one area in which there is room for improvement. However, Caistor in Bloom’s involvement in differnt areas of the community, such as local businesses and schools, is a credit to them.
Next year, Caistor is down to represent the region in the national Britain in Bloom competition. Deborah said “We’re going to have to really pull up our socks. If we do well in Britain in Bloom we could really put Caistor on the map.”