On Tuesday 16th July, two Anglia in Bloom judges were treated to a jam-packed tour of all the horticultural projects taking place in Woodbridge at the moment. Judges Hazel Law and Julia Rackowe were personally escorted around the town’s horticultural highlights by Councillor Charles Notcutt as well as Chris Harrold and Hana Ballard of Choose Woodbridge.
This year’s entry shows off, amongst other projects, the Friends of Fen Meadow’s conservation work with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to allow the Southern Marsh Orchid to thrive. It also holds up St Mary’s Primary School as a shining example of how a school garden can transform the syllabus into an inclusive horticultural haven – helping to put subjects into context, encourage students out into the fresh air and ensure a good understanding of where food comes from and how it’s cultivated.
The tour also included the superb allotments on Kingston Field, the carpet bedding in Elmhurst Park, the Elmhurst Kitchen Garden and the beautifully kept shared garden at Wilding Court and much more besides.
Speaking after the tour, Hana Ballard of Choose Woodbridge commented; “So much effort and enthusiasm has gone into these ecological and educational projects as well as the planning, planting and maintaining the many verges, beds, planters and hanging baskets that bring Woodbridge to life. It’s a real credit to the town and something that the people of Woodbridge can be really proud of. Woodbridge in Bloom, the local councils and the volunteer groups who make it all happen fully deserve the recognition and support of the town. Fingers crossed that the judges agree!”