Towns show off flower power

Matlock, East Midlands in Bloom judges Richard Stephen and Richard Adams are shown around by mayor Barry Hopkinson and the bloom committee
Matlock, East Midlands in Bloom judges Richard Stephen and Richard Adams are shown around by mayor Barry Hopkinson and the bloom committee
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Not a petal was out of place when East Midlands in Bloom judges came to town.

Judges were shown around Matlock, Bakewell and Middleton-by-Wirksworth as they cast their critical eyes over the flowers on show.

East Midlands in Bloom judges, Matlock, Richard Stephen and Richard Adams are shown a planter by mayor Barry Hopkinson

East Midlands in Bloom judges, Matlock, Richard Stephen and Richard Adams are shown a planter by mayor Barry Hopkinson

Mayor of Matlock, councillor Barry Hopkinson, said: “It think it went very well, we had two very pleasant judges and there was a lot of hard work from the In Bloom committee, as there always is.

“We showed them places like Dene Fields as a meadow area, a fantastic garden in Starkholmes and the allotments, which are in great condition this year.

“Hall Leys Park is always very impressive and there didn’t seem to be a lot of empty shops in Matlock, so that went down pretty well.

“The weather managed to hold off for us, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the judges have decided.”

In Bloom: John Rowe and Peter Slack (third from left) escort judges Geoff Spate and Simon Lucas around the Millennium Gardens in Middleton-by-Wirksworth for the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

In Bloom: John Rowe and Peter Slack (third from left) escort judges Geoff Spate and Simon Lucas around the Millennium Gardens in Middleton-by-Wirksworth for the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

Chair of Bakewell in Bloom, Julia Zamoyski, said: “I was very pleased with how it went. The judges asked a lot of questions and I walked around with them the whole time. We showed them different parts of Bakewell and we had different experts waiting at each location. It was quite a good feeling, because we were able to answer all their questions.

“Everybody made such a big effort and people have been only too happy to help. I think we gave a really good account of ourselves.”

Highlights of the judges’ visit to Middleton-by-Wirksworth were a visit to the new Derbyshire Eco Centre, Redhill Quarry at Middleton Top, the Reflective Garden at Middleton Community Primary School, allotments and a number of picturesque domestic gardens, with the visit culminating at the Middleton Millennium Garden.

Peter Slack, chair of Middleton in Bloom, said: “It is marvellous to see how much work has gone into making the village look its best for the judges.

sp90968  Bakewell in bloom judges with Lord Edward Manners l to r Chris Bell,Jo Tarrant,Lord Edward Manners

sp90968 Bakewell in bloom judges with Lord Edward Manners l to r Chris Bell,Jo Tarrant,Lord Edward Manners

“The Bloom campaign is about far more than floral display, though, and we were particularly pleased to be able to showcase wider environmental stewardship.”

John Rowe, co-ordinator, said: “We were very fortunate to have a gloriously sunny day for judging which allowed us to show off to best effect the work of all those involved in the campaign.”

The final East Midlands in Bloom judging in the area will take place in Tansley on Friday, July 15. The results will be announced at a ceremony in September.