Two judges from the Royal Horticultural Society – Mel Kirby and Julie Norman - were shown around Wilmslow on Tuesday, 18th July, to see all the hard work volunteers have put into this year's North West In Bloom entry.
Having scooped Gold for the past 3 years, the In Bloom have been working hard to bring home another Gold award and this year organisers chose the theme of "Walk on the Wild Side" which not only celebrates the more formal planting in the town but was designed to encourage people to make the most of wild spaces, wild flowers and to help the habitats of creatures such as hedgehogs, bees and bugs.
On a gloriously warm summer's day, Helen Yates and Ruth McNulty took them on a tour of the town which started with a walk through Lindow Common. They then went on to the Temp, where the judges admired the quantity of fruit on the apple trees and the profusion of produce in the raised beds.
With the advantage of the loan of the High School minibus, the tour could cover a wide area in the town and see projects that are still in progress.
Mel Kirby, who was visiting Wilmslow for the third year, was impressed by the improved appearance of Chapel Lane that not only boasts some decorative planting but which also has had a thorough tidy and was weed free.
The judges walked around the town centre to admire the Town Council's planting, visited the renovated pond by the cricket pitch and lastly enjoyed a stroll through the Carrs.
Ruth McNulty, Chair of Edible Wilmslow In Bloom speaking after a buffet lunch said "Many thanks to all who work behind the scenes. To the Clean Team, Incredible Edible, Transition Wilmslow, Schools, Scouts, Guides and Rainbows. To the volunteers who work on the Carrs and on Lindow Common. To Fulshaw WI who baked the cakes for our lunch and to the businesses, who go the extra mile to decorate our pavements. To Wilmslow High School who loaned us their minibus and the irrepressible Tom to drive us around.
"Particular thanks this year to the Rotary club of Dean Row and Geoff Shelmerdine who brought the Rota-Gym into the Carrs fighting a series of bureaucraticbattles on the way. I mustn't ignore either, the epic of the town council in bringing toilets to the playground here."
She added "I mustn't close without thanking our principal sponsors – Wilmslow Town Council – who have yet again splashed out to fund our entry and some of our activities for which sponsorship is difficult to win.
"In Bloom retains its credentials as the largest collaborative effort in Wilmslow. Thanks to you all and long may it continue."