Burnham-On-Sea’s hopes of achieving success in the annual Britain In Bloom competition were given a boost on Thursday (July 15th) when two judges visited the town.
Judges Ian Thompson and John Goulden were met by Burnham’s Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke and Burnham In Bloom organisers Dave Perrett and Richard Young.
The judges were said to be “impressed” after their tour of the town, which began next to the Pier Street fountain, as pictured above, and included visits to Marine Cove, Apex Park and Home Farm Holiday Park.
Burnham In Bloom organiser Richard Young told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We’re fairly confident we’ve done well – it was a good visit. The weather was bracing but dry and we even had some sunshine that made the town’s floral displays look even more colourful.”
He added: “The judges were keen to hear about community involvement and were impressed at meeting members of the Friends of Apex Park and Friends of Marine Cove. They also enjoyed their visit to St Joseph’s School and were impressed by the new painted mural on the wall outside Burnham Sailing Club.”
“They also remarked how colourful the display on the Tesco roundabout in Love Lane was, and were very interested to hear about the Rotary Club’s work in carrying out frequent litter-picks along Queen’s Drive during the year.”
Richard added: “The judges also saw Home Farm’s excellent floral displays, Ashbourne Guesthouse’s high quality garden, and a very colourful display at Beaufort House in Rectory Road. We also looked at residents’ gardens in Saxondale Avenue and Links Gardens.”
“All in all, it was a superb visit that couldn’t have gone any better. We have high hopes that we’ve done well. Thanks go to all our supporters, plus Sedgemoor District Council and the Town Council for all their help in keeping the town clean.”
The Burnham In Bloom team will now have to wait until mid-September to find out how well the town has done.
Burnham won a silver award in last year’s Britain In Bloom competition, while Highbridge received a silver gilt in its first year in the contest. The Britain In Bloom judges will also be visiting Highbridge shortly.