Anglia in Bloom Competition Judging

Westlegate Alliums May 09

Regular involvement in the various In Bloom competitions is a useful benchmark for the environmental, social and economic health of a community.
Through The Friends of Norwich in Bloom, Norwich is part of the regional Anglia in Bloom environmental campaign, The Friends enter Norwich into the annual Anglia in Bloom competitions to demonstrate landscape enhancement, environmental good practice and community participation.

Communities who achieve consistent high standards at Anglia in Bloom level may be entered by the Anglia in Bloom Trustees into the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

A 30 page portfolio showing community, business and council activities and initiatives over the past 12 months is presented to the judges, display boards and press clippings are also shown during their visits.

This year Norwich will be judged in the following categories:

Friday 8th July – Anglia in Bloom City category
Thursday 14th July – Urban Community category – Town Close and Mancroft Wards
Monday 18th July – Urban Community category – Mile Cross and Sewell Wards
Wednesday 20th July – Urban Community category – Thorpe Hamlet and Eaton Wards

Last year (2010) Norwich gained a Silver Gilt in the City category and Silver for each of the four Urban Communities submitted. This year we are adding Mile Cross and Eaton.

George Ishmael of Ishmaelandscapes is a Trustee of Norwich in Bloom and often guides the judges around the city centre (Mancroft Ward).

This is what the judges said about Mancroft Ward urban community last year:

The route for this area took the judges through some of the most historic parts of Norwich which is the hub of the city with its little shops and eating places.

The gardens at the Assembly House, which were planted and maintained by young people undertaking Norwich City College Foundation Studies, gave a very colourful effect.

As most of the judging route was through a commercial area, which is predominately hard landscaping, the judges felt it would be beneficial if there were more engagement with local businesses and residents to help with the floral displays.

The local councils efforts with signage and public awareness of heritage features were very good. Strangers Hall, a medieval merchants house, was a delight with its lovely knot garden which is very peaceful and away from traffic and a credit to the volunteers who look after it.

A fine floral display welcomes all visitors to the Castle.

The sponsored beds around John Lewis store give a good display including a drought area but petunias planted on the edge need watering.

St Stephens Church Wildflower Garden gives a fine display and the judges were impressed with the Chapelfield housing area which was well maintained. Generally the district was clean with only a little litter visible.

Areas of achievement

  • The good signage of the area.
  • The planting at The Assembly House
  • The use of recycled glass in the Lanes paving tiles.
  • The displays of baskets and sustainable planting at Chapelfield.
  • The troughs at the entrance to the Castle.
  • The pride of place in the whole area.
  • The amount of sponsorship received from John Lewis.

Areas for improvement

  • Give a fifteen minute presentation before the tour to give an over-view.
  • Produce a portfolio to reflect the year round activities
  • Completion of the War memorial site.
  • Completion of the work at the Marks and Spencer store and St Stephens Church site.

Of 8 Special Awards nomination certificates for projects, groups and individuals across the city, the following were awarded within Mancroft ward:

The Assembly House – BEST COMMUNITY FLORAL DISPLAY

The Castle Bridge – BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY FLORAL DISPLAY

Strangers Hall Gardens – BEST CONSERVATION PROJECT

‘IN BLOOM’ COMMUNITY INITIATIVES