In Bloom judgement time as Hailsham hopes for gold

Judges Maggie Whittaker and Ken Turner with the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor of Hailsham - and In Bloom committee volunteers.
Judges Maggie Whittaker and Ken Turner with the Mayor, and Deputy Mayor of Hailsham - and In Bloom committee volunteers.
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JUDGES walked around Hailsham to decide whether or not the town deserves a gold in this year’s South and South East in Bloom Awards.

Their verdict will not be known until September but volunteers backed by Hailsham Town Council have worked non-stop to freshen up the parish in preparation for the visit on Thursday last week, July 19.

Judges Ken Turner and Maggie Whittaker were driven around following a carefully planned route. Representatives of Hailsham in Bloom proudly showed their horticultural creations and community activities during the past year.

The Deputy Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Richard Grocock, also chair of Hailsham In Bloom, said the experience was ‘superb’, adding: “This year, there were some tremendous new community projects across the board, and Hailsham has continued to maintain a very high standard in terms of its horticultural display and local environmental quality projects throughout the past year.

“We have had received extensive feedback from members of the public this year on the look of the town centre, improvements to the Dennis King Memorial Sensory Garden and the newly built Diamond Jubilee Garden in particular. This is ample recognition for all the time and hard work volunteers and community workers have invested in making the Hailsham look as wonderful as it does.”

Included in the tour were the town centre’s floral displays in North Street, George Street and Hailsham High Street, and various ‘stops’ in the recently enhanced Hailsham Heritage Trail.

The judges also had the chance to scrutinise the newly installed plant nursery at Orchard Park off Grovelands Road, and the largest project carried out by Hailsham In Bloom this year, the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden in Western Road.

Other stop-off points included premises of the winners of the Best Kept Front garden and Hailsham Heritage Award competitions.

Hailsham is aiming to go one better than 2010’s feat of winning a silver-gilt award in the Large Town category of the South and South East in Bloom competition.