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Stony in Bloom Judging Day

Author: Judy Deveson Published: 3rd July 2012 21:43
As always, in the run-up to the July 3rd Britain in Bloom judging day, Stony Stratford in Bloom volunteers have been out and about doing the last minute weeding and pruning and scrubbing and polishing.

On Saturday the residents of Stony Stratford town, Galley Hill and Fullers Slade joined SSIB volunteers to wash the street furniture and pull out stray dandelions from the gutters.

The colour theme this year is gold for the Olympics, and many passers-by have congratulated SSIB volunteers on the eye-catching, fiery blooms resplendent in the planters and baskets throughout the town.

Stony in Bloom Volunteers at the Church Gardens on Judging Day

First stop of the tour for the judges was the Queen Eleanor Garden at the North end of the High St., opened by Mike Brown of Prebendal Manor last autumn. Part of the tour is by car, and part on foot, so we can show as many of our projects to the judges as possible.

There's the bird hide in the nature reserve to see; Queen Eleanor and St Mary and St Giles School; the Ancell Trust Sports Ground; two 'It's Your Neighbourhood Projects' - one at Galley Hill, and the York House Community Gardens.

And there's more - the Bluebell Wood, the beautiful sensory gardens on London Road and Calverton Road, and the refurbished Horsefair Green Memorial.

The final part of the tour involves a walk through the Market Square, Church Street, with the stunning church gardens, and a look at the High St, vibrant with its bunting and floral baskets and planters.

After a photo opportunity outside the church, the tour concluded, and judges, sponsors and volunteers gathered at the Calcutta Brasserie as the management kindly offered to provide tea and coffee.

Fingers crossed for a good result this year!

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