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Windermere and Cartmel host Britain in Bloom judges
TWO South Lakeland com-munities are hoping their hard work has paid off as they await the result of this year’s Britain in Bloom com-petition.
Royal Hortucultural Soci-ety judges visited Windermere and Cartmel this week, where volunteers showed off the fruits of their labours over the last 12 months.
After a tour of Windermere in the ‘best town’ category, the judges joined local people at a celebratory reception at the Old England Hotel.
Coun Joan Stocker from Windermere Town Council said: "The town is looking great and so many people have contributed.
"We have a great working relationship with South Lakeland District Council and their gardeners and the Wombles from Windermere Hotel who do a litter pick at Orrest Head every week. The support we have had from businesses and schools has been fantastic.
"It is not just about pretty flowers but the community coming together and also doing things for themselves. We feel like winners just to have been shortlisted.
Lisa Greasley, chairman of the Windermere in Bloom committee, said: “Lots of people beyond the committee have made a fantastic effort. Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution.”
Cartmel, a previous award-winner in Cumbria in Bloom, was also assessed in the national competition for the first time in the ‘best village’ category.
Tiffany Hunt, chairman of Cartmel in Bloom, said: “A dedicated group of volun-teers, with support from people of all ages, has worked hard to prepare for the judges’ visit.”
The judges were taken on a tour of the village where they met pupils from Cartmel Primary School, who will be designing mosaics for the village bus shelter, and children at work in the kitchen garden at the school.
Lord Cavendish, patron of the Cartmel In Bloom campaign, paid tribute to the impressive work undertaken by all those involved.
The results will be announced on October 6.