THE BLOOMS of Leamington were recently put under the microscope.
On a damp and grey morning the Leamington In Bloom committee members welcomed Heart of England in Bloom judges Joe Hayden and Graham Redfern to town.
After an initial presentation by the committee at the Town Hall, the judges made a tour of the town starting with a walk through Regent Court before visiting the work of young volunteer gardeners at Lillington Youth Centre.
They also visited Cubbington Waterworks to see the revamped children’s playground and park; Milverton School where they received an enthusiastic welcome from pupils who showed off their allotment; Victoria Park where they were impressed by the new skateboard park; the Railway Station gardens where lead gardener Robin Taylor and members of the Soroptimists, who are responsible for the containers on the platforms, showed them around; and
the local nature reserve at Welches Meadow.
And no visit to see Leamington’s blooms would be complete without a visit to Jephson Gardens.
Coun Evetts said: “Leamington in Bloom has a real focus on community effort and conservation as well as traditional horticulture.
“This year’s tour highlighted the great ways gardening brings people together. We drove past beautifully tended parks, gardens and community areas which were a joy to view and we now await the outcome of all the hard work of the groups involved when the Awards are announced in September.”