Hailsham In Bloom 2013 is hailed a success

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Hailsham’s gardens and town centre floral displays were under the spotlight last week as the town hosted judges from the South and Southeast in Bloom competition.

Judges were driven around the town when Hailsham In Bloom representatives presented their horticultural creations and outlined their community activities held during the past year.

Included in the tour were the town centre’s floral displays in North Street, George Street and the High Street, the Dennis King Memorial Orchard and Sensory Garden which has undergone replanting and improvement works this year, and the arboretum near the Common Pond.

The judges also had the chance to find out more about the newly installed ‘Plot To Plate’ project site next to the plant nursery at Orchard Park, the Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden which was created last year and various ‘stops’ in the Hailsham Nature Trail, which is due to be officially launched soon.

Other stop-off points included premises of the winners of the Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Allotment, Best Business Premises and Hailsham Heritage Award competitions.

Shops, businesses, schools and individuals have all played their part – something that impressed both judges. However, Hailsham In Bloom members will be in for a nail-biting wait as the judges are not due to return a verdict on the efforts of all those involved until early September.

Hailsham In Bloom Chairman Richard Grocock said, “An enormous amount of time and effort has gone into Hailsham in Bloom projects this year.

“Hailsham has continued to maintain a very high standard in terms of horticultural displays, local environmental quality initiatives and other community project throughout the past year, and many projects undertaken have not only brought together residents, businesses and local community groups, but encouraged them to think about their local environment. For this reason, we already consider Hailsham in Bloom 2013 a resounding success.”

The results of will be revealed at the South and Southeast in Bloom awards, which are being held in September.