Town poised for prestigious garden competition judging

Floral display ready for Ottery in Bloom

Floral display ready for Ottery in Bloom - Credit: Ottery in Bloom

B-Day is looming for Ottery! For on July 23 the town’s entry into the South West In Bloom competition will be judged. 

This is the first time in several years that Ottery has pitched an entry and the whole community has rallied in support.

In addition to the town’s floral decorations being inspected, its environmental responsibilities and community involvement will also come under scrutiny.

Having already planted hundreds of plants, the Ottery in Bloom team is hard at work ensuring that everything is ship shape for the final inspection.

Ottery in Bloom has already sent a portfolio of past activities to the judging panel and will be updating the visiting adjudicator on recent events such as the town clean-up by the Ottery Community Volunteers.

Whatever the judges’ decision, it will not be for lack of effort and the cooperation of very many people. Adding to the bright and cheery displays are dozens of hanging baskets outside shops, offices, pubs and private houses.

Keith Spittlehouse, Ottery in Bloom Coordinator for 2021, said: “Our grateful thanks go to the Streetscene team from East Devon District Council who have given priority to their routine weeding of the footpaths and maintenance of the Land of Canaan recreation area and the adjacent car park.

One of the floral displays around Ottery

One of the floral displays around Ottery - Credit: Ottery in Bloom

“Ottery Town Council, likewise, arranged for their contractor to fit in the three-weekly grass cutting cycle to meet our schedule and also tidied beds in the verges. Organisations such as the Rotary Club, Inner Wheel Club and many individuals have supported our efforts by helping to keep the plants watered. Otter Garden Centre is helping in many ways including acting as host for the judging day.

“The final award, which we hope to receive later this year, will bring prestige to the town and encourage more townsfolk to support Ottery in Bloom in producing bigger and better displays in future years.”

A blooming fabulous display

A blooming fabulous display - Credit: Ottery in Bloom

Britain in Bloom is the UK's longest running gardening competition. It provides a regional and nationwide platform for community groups to brighten up their town or city. Many groups also report wide-ranging social and environmental benefits.

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Community groups of all sizes can take part in this nationwide competition, from small villages to large cities. 

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