GALLERY: Prestatyn welcomes In Bloom judge


Suzanne Jordan

A GREEN fingered judge visited a town to cast his eyes over the area's floral display as part as a prestigious gardening competition. 

The Wales in Bloom judge toured round Prestatyn for the annual competition, which aims to highlights greenspaces, community participation and environmental responsibility, and visited key sites such as the Prestatyn Railway Station, Coronation Gardens, Nant y Mor Extra Care Housing and the Roman Baths.

Councillor James Davies, chairman of the Prestatyn in Bloom Committee, said: “We think the judge was impressed. Every year we pick up minor refinements to be made to the tour so as to maximise our score. The work that everyone puts in makes the whole process a pleasure to coordinate.

“The input of the various community groups and schools is always very impressive but it is particularly good this year to see so much business interest.

“We did run up to 15 minutes late at one point, but that was only because the judges wanted to see more than planned at two sites so we were not penalised.” 

Canadian judges landed at Manchester Airport on Tuesday, ready for a full-day of judging for International in Bloom today.

Cllr Davies, who has been involved with Prestatyn in Bloom since 2010, added that the judging deadline acts as a focus to the committee to ensure that the town is looking in "great shape" for the summer season.

"This year more than ever the people of Prestatyn have really pulled together to help show off our town to the judges," he said.

"We are indebted to Drew Tait, Steve Jones and their team for the voluntary extra time they put into ensuring the town looks its best - even joining us for trial runs of the route at night."

Wales in Bloom is the regional element of the National Britain in Bloom Competition supported by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Last year Prestatyn retained its Wales in Bloom title for a second year; the town was crowned the winners of the town category above Caerphilly (which came 2nd) and Llandudno (3rd). 

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