Leighton bloomed for its annual green inspection

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Leighton Buzzard put on a show in the sun last week for the Anglia In Bloom judges .

They arrived on Wednesday to assess the town, taking in a two hour tour of the main parts of the town and then to three places of special interest which have particularly added to this year’s In Bloom campaign.

The tour started at the Woodcraft folk area. The Cottage Garden once again impressed the judges and Suzy Hammond from the LB Garden Centre was there to explain their role in this and to commend the inclusion of bee hotels made by the pupils of Leighton Middle School.

The Citizens Advice Bureau garden and Parsons Close were clearly very popular as the beach and splash and play area were being enjoyed in the sunshine.

Victoria Harvey from South Beds Friends of the Earth also showed the importance of Clipstone Brook as it is maintained for many forms of wildlife.

Roger Jordan and other members of the Old Cedarians Freemasons Lodge were at the Flypast Monument to show off their work in maintaining this peaceful area on the edge of the High Street.

Another such area is Tiddenfoot Waterside Park where Dave Ayers and his team explained their vital role in conserving this valuable resource.

Also shown was Cedars Upper School and Mentmore Memorial Garden.

Rowan Hastwell explained the new community garden project at Pages Park and Su Sloman the various community groups which now take part in the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” scheme.

All this work is tirelessly supported by Debbie Marsh and John Connew of the Town Council.

The judges are expected to make a decision about the competition in early September.

So the Leighton-Linslade In Bloom campaign continues to thrive and we will await the judges award decision in early September. It is always hoped that the award shows improvement but it is not really about the colour of the award but more the involvement, commitment and appreciation of so many people in the town who support the campaign.