Colchester and Fordham entered into Britain in Bloom 2015 competition

Castle Park in Colchester in full bloom.

Castle Park in Colchester in full bloom. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Green fingered volunteers from two parts of north Essex have been rewarded for their efforts with nominations for Britain in Bloom.

Colchester celebrates gold awards in Anglia in Bloom
(from left) Cllr Dave Harris, secretary of Col

Colchester celebrates gold awards in Anglia in Bloom (from left) Cllr Dave Harris, secretary of Colchester in Bloom, Paul Leatherdale, vice chairman of Colchester in Bloom, Pam Schomberg, chairman of Colchester in Bloom, Annie Feltham, borough councillor for communities. - Credit: Archant

Colchester has been put forward in the city category while Fordham, just outside the town, has been entered in the village section.

Both In Bloom groups saw success in the recent Anglia in Bloom awards, and have now been rewarded by the regional judging team with nominations for the 2015 national competition. Groups cannot enter themselves into the ultimate competition.

Judging will take place in July.

Dave Harris, secretary of the Colchester in Boom group, said: “This was unexpected but we are really pleased. I am jumping for joy.


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“To be chosen by other people says a lot, and just to be nominated is an accolade in itself.

“I am hopeful, bring on the judges. I would like to think we could get a gold medal or something.”

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Barbara Jones, chairman of Fordham in Bloom, said: “We are so excited, absolutely overwhelmed but really pleased.

“It is a big thing but we are working very hard all of the time.

“We meet fortnightly and have a work party. The whole idea is to enhance the village and make us all feel good about where we live.

“Fordham is a lovely village and we are very proud of it.”

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