Our picture shows the two judges seated with Derek Cox, and behind L- R Howard Midgley, Dave Smith, George Dodge and Josie Hutchinson.
On Tuesday 9th July two judges from East Midlands in Bloom arrived to judge the Towns entry into 2013 competition. They were met at Syston Community Centre by the Syston In Bloom committee and welcomed by Howard Midgley, Chairman of the Committee.
Howard introduced the town of Syston to the judges explaining that it is a vibrant town of some 12,000 people and that it is constantly growing and evolving. He then explained that the Syston in Bloom group administers the Town Council’s entry into the East Midlands in Bloom, he hoped that the whistle stop tour together with the background information contained in the portfolio would give them a flavour of what the group are trying to achieve in Syston.
He went on to say that the SiB group had reflected on the comments made last year and are developing an appreciation for Syston’s Heritage with several projects currently underway, the Knoll Orchard at the allotments, a garden at the parish church, and a children’s garden at The Merton Primary Academy and continued work at St Peter and St Paul’s Primary Academy eco-garden, also the Guides and Brownies have been working on some of the planters in the town.
Another project underway is that of a booklet that is being produced with Syston Local History group and will include three heritage trails, due to be published by the end of February 2014. He ended by saying how proud they are of Syston and its history and hope that this would become obvious during the morning.
The group then left the community centre to start they tour of the town and began with a photograph between the large planters on the Brookside, which is a nice shady area for a rest. The group then walked round to St Paul’s court and enjoyed chatting to some of the residents who were out enjoying the beautiful sunshine.
The results of the East Midlands in Bloom will be announced later in the year.