JUDGES were welcomed to Weymouth to see colorful hanging baskets and flower arrangements as part of the city’s entry into the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition – and said it looked ‘beautiful’.
Yesterday two judges were invited to walk around the town to judge the work of Weymouth BID, Weymouth Town Council, Dorset Council and community members who have beautified the town with flowers and plants.
The BID, marketed as We Are Weymouth, did not confirm the town would compete in the national competition five weeks ago, and got to work installing 311 hanging baskets, organizing weeding, carrying out paint jobs and deep cleaning to keep Weymouth looking its best. to judge.
Yesterday judges, representatives from We Are Weymouth and the town mayor toured the town, starting at Greenhill Gardens before taking the overland train along the Esplanade to Alexandra Gardens, walking along St Alban Street and St Mary Street, stopping at Tower Bridge and then ending at Hope Square, looking at all the flowers that had been set up for the contest.
The judges were impressed with the work done to decorate the city and were delighted to see so many people involved.
Judge Lesley Jellyman said: “The Royal Horticultural Society really wants to recognize everyone and involve everyone. Only 40% of the competition scores are for horticulture – the rest is for community involvement and environmental responsibility, and the people of Weymouth play such a key role in that.
“The city is beautiful.
Michael Foy, judging, said: “It’s great to see good horticulture and the work that so many people in town have done.”
Tara Williams, Head of Parks and Open Spaces at Weymouth City Council, said: “When the BID said it wanted to participate in the Britain in Bloom competition, we fully supported it and wanted to do everything possible to help.
“In five weeks we have done remarkably well to achieve this. The gardeners at Greenhill Gardens have worked very hard and we are very proud to have achieved it in such a short time.”
Weymouth Mayor Colin Huckle said: “It’s great and fantastic teamwork with so many people involved. It’s great to focus more on Weymouth Gardens because because we’re a seaside town a lot of attention is paid to the beaches so it’s nice that the gardens are recognized. ”
Representatives of We Are Weymouth will be invited to an awards ceremony in Weston-super-Mare next month where they hope to receive a medal in the “Best Newcomer” or “BID” categories.
Dawn Rondeau, director of operations at We Are Weymouth, added: “It would be amazing if we could win a gold medal after working so hard to make the city beautiful. I want to make it an annual thing.”