Judges visited the town on Thursday 19 July to view the first Sutton Coldfield in Bloom entry.
Two judges had just three and a half hours to view the town’s heritage treasures, horticultural gems and floral features including Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Park, a popular allotment site, a school garden and New Hall Mill along with local shops and businesses.
The route in full is:
- Harvest Fields Centre
- Ian Hazel Funerals
- Sutton Park
- Boulevard Allotments
- New Hall Mill and New Hall Hotel
- Walmley Almshouses
- Jones Wood
- Deanery CE School
- Holy Trinity Parish Church
- Vesey Gardens
Britain in Bloom goes far beyond being a floral competition; it makes a major contribution to promoting the local economy and increasing civic pride. The judges base their marking on horticultural achievements, environmental responsibility and community involvement. The judging criteria also gives clear guidance on what facilities, services and locations should be visited. They are looking for commitment from the working group and the community to show long term plans and support for Bloom.
Cllr Terry Wood Chairman of the Sutton Coldfield in Bloom working group commented: “We have had a tremendous amount of community support in preparing for the Bloom judges. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in clean ups and litter picks, and those who have planted planters and baskets to make their own gardens and businesses look beautiful.
“This is the first year we have entered, so we are very keen to hear the judges feedback on the progress we have made and hear how we can continue to improve in future years.”
The results will be announced in September at a special awards ceremony organised by Heart of England in Bloom.