Bury St Edmunds Bury in Bloom judges meet after a 'challenging year'
Judges for the annual Bury St Edmunds ‘Front of Garden’ scheme gathered this week after a 'challenging year'.
Bury in Bloom held the reception for the judges at the Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds, on Tuesday to say ‘thank you’ to all those who persevered to award the much-prized certificates for people’s front gardens.
A total of 1,486 certificates of merit were handed out this year, 73 highly commended certificates and 58 certificates to commercial properties.
This compares with 1,816 certificates in 2020, 98 high commended, and 27 for businesses.
It’s been a tough couple of years for the volunteer judges, who this year have only been able to communicate via email and Zoom meetings to cover everything from the judging process, to health a safety and what makes a certificate winner.
On Tuesday, Bury in Bloom chairman, Robin Burnett, thanked around 60 judges present, of which this year there were 100 in total.
“This year, for obvious reasons, we were not able to have the usual meeting of judges to discuss and prepare for the judging process,” he said.
“I am sure that this made the job more tricky and you may well have felt some uncertainty and isolation.
“We felt it was important to have this party so that you can all meet and greet and look around and see how many lovely enthusiastic people there are in this town who are ready to give their time and energy to improve their surroundings.
It is also an opportunity to show that we of Bury St Edmunds have not been beaten by this wretched virus, that we have not lost sight of what is really important and we are ready and raring to get back to normal.
“And, as we wait for Anglia in Bloom, to start again, one of the key reasons we do this, let us thank our lucky stars that we live in such a lovely town.”
Mr Burnett thanked coordinators, Lynne Wright,and David Irvine, who both took up their current roles in the last two years.
Certificates are awarded for overall impression, including impact and enhancement, for plants, including condition, colour and selection, and effort, including watering, edging, mowing sweeping, care, pots and furniture.