It’s fingers-crossed time now following this week’s visit to Harborough by judges from the East Midlands Bloom contest.
Volunteers from the Harborough in Bloom team have been working hard over many months to make sure the town was looking its best ahead of the big visit.
Chairman Ken Hook and coordinator Margaret Richards showed judges Ian Cooke and Diana Moore around the town on Tuesday.
Walking through the floral displays in Welland Park and the play area, they met volunteer Ann Bird, who is vice-president of the World Federation of the Rose Society, who showed them the rose garden in the park.
They also met Lisa Smallwood and Nick Coombes from the Welland Rivers Trust, who explained the work the trust is doing on the River Welland.
They walked through Church Street where businesses displayed posters in their windows that the 3rd Mallard Beavers had made.
The beavers also planted 200 sunflowers which are in containers throughout town.
The judges met Peter Buckingham, from Andrew Granger & Co estate agents, which sponsor the Bloom team’s watering contract, as well as Neil Grey from The Three Swans Hotel.
Next up was a visit to Harborough C of E School, where they met staff and pupils, and to Union Wharf canal basin where volunteer Ann Hartley does a wonderful job looking after the area.
Lennie Rhodes showed the judges round the Hammond Arboretum at Robert Smyth Academy in Burnmill Road
The train station was the next stop, which has some lovely planters which the volunteers have organised, and the station staff water.
They drove through Valley Way Industrial Estate and stopped at J Stamp & Sons Funeral Directors and Antique Dealers before meeting the volunteers who maintain St Nicholas Churchyard in Little Bowden.
Last stop was Little Bowden Recreational Ground to have a look at the allotments.
Margaret Richards said: “The tour could not have gone any better – even the sun shone. I am hugely proud of the work the volunteers do all through the year to enhance the town which we are all proud off.
“The support we receive as a volunteer group is enormous and without it we would not be able to continue.”