IT WAS "judgement day" in Nantwich on Monday, July
25, when judges from North West in Bloom toured the town, looking at the efforts
of local businesses and members of Nantwich in Bloom in their bid to become Best
Town in the annual competition.
Many hours had been spent in preparing the
flower beds or planters, planting the flowers and tending them on a regular
There are two floral themes in this
year's displays. One is yellow, red and orange
representing the flames of the Fire of Nantwich of 1583.
This is also the
theme of a flower bed in The Square. Other arrangements are made with yellow
and lilac flowers as an alternative to the fire colours.
On the tour of the town with the judges
were the Town Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Arthur Moran); and Alderman Doug Butterill
(Chairman) and Sue Hughes (Secretary) of Nantwich in Bloom.
Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson,
a keen supporter of Nantwich in Bloom, joined the judges for part of the tour of
And it was not just the town centre
that the two judges saw in their inspection.
They were transported to the town
boundary to see Coed Wen, an area of former wetland in which trees had been
planted with the help of schoolchildren.
Part way round the tour of the town,
the judges called in to Nantwich Museum, not to see the latest exhibition, but
for a rest stop.
Bill Blackledge (Chairman of
North West in Bloom) and Trevor Leese (Regional Organiser of North
West in Bloom), look at a flower bed in The Square, accompanied by
Alderman Butterill and Cllr Moran. The cycle is not a feature of the
l Nantwich in
Bloom are entered in the Town section of the North West in Bloom competition;
Willaston Parish Council are a Small Town entrant; Audlem have entered the Large
Village section; and Richmond
Village, a complex for elderly people on the edge
of Nantwich, has an entry in the Large Accommodation section.
North West in Bloom competition
Trevor Leese and Bill Blackledge discuss waste
recycling with Anna Wilson of Cheshire
East Council's Waste Strategy Team, in the
Cocoa Yard. What has waste recycling to do
with a floral competition? It is
now one of the many things the judges consider
along with lack of litter, clean streets and community involvement.
Sadly, Trevor Leese died
suddenly on Christmas Day 2015
Left: Yellow and lilac flower arrangements in the Cocoa
Yard. The colours in these arrangements are also used at other sites in the
Right: An enlarged planter arrangement outside the town's
Museum, showing this year's twin floral themes. Previously,
comprised only the five planters in the front of the display. The