The Britain in Bloom judges will be visiting Farnham on Tuesday 29 July to assess the town’s campaign to be awarded best ‘large town’ in Britain.

The judges will start their day by meeting Bourne residents who have worked collaboratively with businesses and the community to greatly enhance Bourne crossroads. They will then be shown a project that has been led by the Bourne Conservation Group to create a combined community garden and nature haven.

The tour will proceed to West Street allotments where the judges will see some wonderful local produce growing. The Post 19 Group will proudly present their allotment and greenhouse and show the judges some of the skills they have learned by being a part of Farnham in Bloom.

Cllr Stephen Hill, Lead Member for Farnham in Bloom says: “After visiting the allotments, we plan to take the judges through West Street cemetery where they will see a beautiful wildflower area and the many butterflies and bees that this attracts. We will then walk through to Bishop’s Meadow to meet an enthusiastic group of volunteers who have planted a community orchard and sown wildflowers as part of a project to restore the meadow for the people of Farnham. We will then visit Farnham Park where the ranger will show the judges some of the park’s many highlights.”?

After visiting the town, the judges will return to Farnham Town Council offices where they will see the gold themed planting in South Street which has been designed to represent Farnham’s quest for gold and the golden anniversary of Britain in Bloom.

Cllr Hill adds: “The judges will be scoring us on environmental and horticultural achievement and community participation. I am very proud of our entry and think the judges will be particularly interested to see the excellent results our schools have achieved in their trials of planting hanging baskets using peat free compost. I also think they will be impressed by the enthusiasm they will encounter when they meet the many volunteers who are involved in Farnham in Bloom and the support we receive from the community and businesses through sponsorship.”

To tell people more about Farnham in Bloom, a video has been filmed courtesy of local resident John Collins and can be seen on our website or search for Farnham in Bloom on You Tube.

Anybody interested in getting involved in Farnham in Bloom can contribute by doing anything from picking up litter from the area where they live to volunteering to be part of the community group. More information is available from Kevin Taitt who can be contacted at kevin.taitt@farnham.gov.uk or on 01252 712667.

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