Issued: July 8, 2017
Epping in Bloom welcomes Anglia in Bloom judges
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Judges for the Anglia in Bloom competition were welcomed by an umbrella parade when they arrived in Epping to judge the Epping in Bloom designs on Friday.
Preparation for the visit began in April - and the efforts put in to bringing colour to the town was plain to see when the judges were taken round.
Flower and vegetable designs were all planned on paper by Epping in Bloom chairman Victoria Robertson, to create a decorative blooming effect.
Her 18 years experience of decorative design and knowledge of plants and growing produce helped keep everything looking healthy.
The plants have been fed each week to maintain vitality.
Victoria said: "Epping in Bloom is still a very small group so along the way we have had help from family and friends and members of Epping Town Council to pick up litter, weed and cut back overgrown branches."
At the Tower Road Green four children who had won the competition for designing the floral tub displays joined the Epping in Bloom team and judges to show off their work.
Victoria added: "Tina at Epping Station worked very hard to keep all her plants well watered and looking lush and I was overwhelmed with the amount of support we received."
Representatives from Epping Forest District Council's health and wellbeing and grant aid teams, Epping Town Council - including Mayor Tony Church - Rainbows, M&S, Epping Probus Club, the Heart of Epping appeal, Rotary Club of Epping, Epping Horticultural Society, Cunningham House in North Weald - where Epping in Bloom volunteers have created a special garden area - and many of Epping in Bloom's sponsors, including three members of Epping WI, turned out for the judges' visit.
Victoria said: "The judges said some amazing comments, they loved the floral displays and loved the community spirit in Epping."
Epping Town Council clerk Beveley Rumsey said: "The sun was shining brightly when the Anglia in Bloom judges arrived in Epping and once again Epping in Bloom have worked extremely hard to please the judges and create wonderful, colourful floral displays around the town.
"The Market Garden Terrace Community Garden has really come on since it was first established - and in the words of one of the judges 'If you want to see the definition of community, come to this garden in Epping'.
"On behalf of Epping Town Council I would like to congratulate Victoria Robertson for all the hard work she put in to co-ordinating all the efforts that ensured Epping looked at its best for the judges' visit."