Bury in Bloom appeal for people to act as judges for local garden displays

Bury in Bloom is on the look out for judges to help them adjudicate the colourful garden displays and experience the “wow factor” of the blooms in and around Bury St Edmunds.

Certificates of Merit are given out to residential and commercial properties displaying attractive use of garden and container grown plants that enhance the appearance of their neighbourhood.

It is an award-winning scheme that to many people in Bury St Edmunds represents the face of Bury in Bloom and run by an enthusiastic group of volunteer judges.

Each year between 80 and 100 volunteer judges visit all parts of the town and present the coveted certificates to recognise the efforts of the (sometimes unsuspecting) recipients and it hopes to encourages more people to take part.

This year the Certificate Awards scheme is being co-ordinated by Jane Hamblin and assisted by Lynne Wright, and they have produced a special (perhaps one -off) 2020 certificate to celebrate the new decade.

David Irvine, the  Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “We are immensely grateful to our many volunteer judges for giving up their time year after year – it is a very special event only made possible by them and so our Certificate of Merit scheme is being nominated for the Special Award ‘Best Community Project’ in the 2020 Anglia in Bloom competition so this is an extra special year for us.

“In addition, we are introducing two new categories ‘House Champion Award’ (a sort of winner of winners) and ‘Notable Neighbourhood Award’ (to recognise neighbours working together for overall effect.”

Jane added: “Our problem is the success of the scheme as well as continuing to cover all Bury St Edmunds as it continues to grow. We hope to cover the Marham Park houses and the extended area of Moreton Hall, however we need more judges to help us. We’re not looking for horticultural expertise – it’s more observation judging of the wow factor of that locality and where judges agree a certificate is given.”

If you can help Bury in Bloom win the Anglia in Bloom Best Community project the Certificate Award scheme email @buryinbloom.org.uk or contact Bury in Bloom co-ordinator David Irvine on Coordinator@buryinbloom.org.uk

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