Sheringham celebrates Bloom award successes

A roundabout at Sheringham has won a top regional award, as the town also chalked up a silver gilt prize in the Anglia in Bloom competition for the fourth year running.

Planting at the coast road junction won the drought and sustainable gardening category, while there were also commendations for the town's Top Common and new allotments.

Local organisers said the roundabout's success was against a strong number of entrants from the East of England.

The overall silver gilt award - just one down from the top gold - reflected the consistency of the standards achieved at Sheringham and all the efforts of volunteers and sponsors in the town, said Sheringham in Bloom chairman Joan Thame.

Mayor Doug Smith. who attended the awards ceremony at Sudbury with three members of the local In Bloom team, said: 'I am delighted with yet another splendid result for Sheringham.

'I was very proud, as mayor, to go up on the stage in front of 400 people from all over the East of England to accept this award on behalf of the town. 'This award reflects the standing of our small town along with the likes of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and overall we have achieved more s this year than ever before.'

Anglia in Bloom chairman Bob Ollier said: 'Over the last few years we have become accustomed to the differing climate changes and again this year we had the challenge of several weeks of hot weather.

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'It was yet another great challenge for all the entries who had the task of nurturing many tender bedding plants through these hot spells of weather.

'There were 66 entrants this year – 12 achieved gold standard and 28 silver gilt standard – quite impressive considering the weather.

'I wish to congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England for the enthusiasm, commitment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region.'

Best overall entry and winner of the Anglia In Bloom trophy was Huntingdon. Full lists of winners at