Budleigh in Bloom prepares for arrival of judges

RESIDENTS of Budleigh Salterton are being asked to help keep the area neat and tidy ahead of the arrival of South West in Bloom judges to the town next week.

Pat Prew, chairman of Budleigh in Bloom, wants residents and shopkeepers to club together and ensure the front of properties are looking their best.

Judges will visit Budleigh next Thursday, July 15.

Mrs Prew said: “Naturally, a lot of the points we are awarded come from the floral displays, but the presentation of the whole town comes into consideration.

“If we could ask residents and shopkeepers to see that the front of their properties are neat and tidy and free of weeds.

“This would help us a great deal and show that the people of Budleigh Salterton support Budleigh in Bloom.”

Mrs Prew and members of the Budleigh in Bloom group have encountered a number of challenges in their preparation of the visit of South West judges.

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Problematic obstacles included areas of grass not being cut on East Budleigh Road and disappointment that a boat planter, which is usually filled with flowers, cannot feature.

Mrs Prew said: “We won’t be able to put the boat back on such short notice, but will be back in force for Autumn planting.”

Budleigh in Bloom scooped an Ayre Cup gold prize in the South West competition last year as well as the McDonalds Coastal Trophy for the best seaside entry in the discretionary awards section.

The win has prompted the group to carry on its success this year and, thus, is keen for residents to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in to preserving and maintaining the town’s floral displays.

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