Blooming marvellous! Buxton lands silver in East Midlands in Bloom contest

Bloom judges on a visit to the Serpentine earlier this year.
Bloom judges on a visit to the Serpentine earlier this year.

Buxton’s 175th year of ‘saying it with flowers’ was rounded off last week with praise from the judges and a Silver Gilt in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

The town celebrated the landmark anniversary of dressing its wells with floral tableaux in July, and its efforts were praised by the East Midlands judges during their recent visit to see Buxton in Bloom.

“Everywhere we’ve been there is a view of a green space, and if it’s not a green space, it’s a beautiful historic building,” said judge Jo Tarrant at the time.

The judges were so impressed with the work done by The Friends of Buxton Station to tidy up and plant at the station that they gave them a Judges’ Special Award.

Ninety-seven-year-old gardener Betty Allen won a top award in the 2015 Buxton in Bloom contest, which attracted twice as many entrants than the previous competition, organisers Buxton Town Team said.

The Judges’ Prize for Endeavour went to Betty, who still does all her own gardening – except for mowing the grass!

Schoolkids, individuals, businesses and neighbourhoods – not to mention flowerpot men - rallied to the call when the Town Team re-introduced the competition.

And the competition became a showcase for how the town is using its green-fingers to make improvements for the community when the judges came to see projects in Ashwood Park and the Serpentine Community Farm as well as Buxton railway station.

There was also regional recognition for Buxton Junior School pupils who entered the regional children’s art competition. Luke Murray, Gundega Plegere and Ewan Latham-Platt were highly commended in the years 3 and 4 category, Dexter Light claimed second place in the yeas 5 and 6 category and Isaac Kirk and Skye Morten were highly commended in the years 5 and 6 category.