Top awards for Cambridgeshire towns in Anglia in Bloom competition

Anglia in Bloom judges visiting Whittlesey in 2014

Anglia in Bloom judges visiting Whittlesey in 2014

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Wisbech and Whittlesey have been recognised by Anglia in Bloom judges at this year’s awards.

Wisbech was the winner for the best large town (12,001-35,000 residents) while Whittlesey and Chatteris both received silver gilt awards for a town with 6,001-12,000 residents, with Halstead coming out on top.

These were just two of many awards handed out as judges praised Cambridgeshire’s towns and landmarks.

Also in the large town catergory, March earned a silver gilt award and Huntingdon a silver award.

St. Peter’s Church Gardens in Wisbech was the winner in the Medium Parks category (five to 10 acres).

Silver gilt awards were given to West End Park in March and Wisbech Park in the Large Parks category (over 10 acres).

Best cemetery went to The General Cemetery in Wisbech. In the same category, silver gilt awards were handed to Whittlesey Cemtery and the Garden of Rest, also in Whittlesey.

Silver awards were given to New Road Cemetery in Chatteris, Eastwood Cemetery in March and Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Wisbech.

St. Peter’s Churchyard in Chatteris won a silver gilt award and Fenland Crematorium a gold award in their respective categories.

Lattersley Nature Reserve in Whittlesey was nominated for a biodiversity award, and the town’s Garden of Rest was nominated for Best Community Project.

The General Cemetery in Chatteris was nominated for Best Conservation Project and the Friends of The Library in Chatteris was also nominated for Best Drought/Sustainable Garden.

In addition, Chatteris was nominated for an Environmental Quality Award, while the Neale-Wade Academy in March was nominated for the Grow Your Own Award.

The Pound and Diamond Jubilee Beds in Whittlesey were nominated for the Best Individual/Community Floral Display and Elgoods Brewery in Wisbech was nominated for Best Industrial/Commercial Area.

For the Best Local Authority Floral Display, the Corn Drill Display in Huntingdon and Trinity Church Garden of Rest in March were nominated.

West End Park in March was nominated for Best Public Open Space while the Wisbech and Fenland Museum Garden in Wisbech was nominated for the End of World War 2 Commemoration Award.

The Best Young Persons Project (12 to 18 years of age) was won by the Royal British Legion Youth Members in Chatteris.

Bob Ollier, chairman of Anglia in Bloom, said: “The Anglia in Bloom communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk should be justifiably proud of this year’s achievements.”

He added: “I congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England for the enthusiasm, committment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region.

“With 26 gold awards this year the results were very close, but Halstead have just nudged victory over Wisbech with several other entrants knocking on their door for the prestigious title of Best Overall Entry.”

George Dawson, chair of judges, said: “The campaign is not only about flowers as the name In Bloom would suggest.

“Many different elements are judged such as environmental quality, community involvement, biodiversity and the involvement of young people to name but a few,”