Judges are coming to Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 02:01 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH is being urged to keep its spring blooms and streets in tip-top condition because the Britain in Bloom judge is to make an unannounced visit to the town within the next few weeks. The Royal Horticultural Society judge is expected to arrive in Ex

EXMOUTH is being urged to keep its spring blooms and streets in tip-top condition - because the Britain in Bloom judge is to make an unannounced visit to the town within the next few weeks.The Royal Horticultural Society judge is expected to arrive in Exmouth sometime between April 12 and May 4.Streets must be tidy and rubbish-free, while gardens and floral displays need to be in peak condition.The aim of the secret judging is to ensure towns retain their high standards all year round - not just at competition time.Winners are judged on four categories - horticultural good practice, environmental friendliness, sustainability and community involvement.Exmouth in Bloom chairman Pat Graham said: "We are pleased with the way Exmouth is looking. "We would be pleased if people would keep an eye on the litter and give us a bit of a hand picking it up outside their properties, keep their gardens tidy - and keep their fingers crossed!"Streetscene has worked incredibly hard making things look good, and we are quietly optimistic."The second stage of the competition will be the summer judging visit in August, when the judges will be taken on an official tour of the town.Exmouth will have to wait until the autumn to find out if its efforts have been successful when the winners will be announced at the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards presentation on September 24, where celebrity gardener Chris Beardshaw will present the awards.The finalists - 18 villages, towns and cities nationwide - are all vying for a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze RHS Britain in Bloom Quality Award.Roger Burnett, chairman of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: "Bloom offers communities a unique opportunity to demonstrate just how much they care about their environment, not only in the summer but all year round."This is reinforced by unannounced judging in the spring each year, where the visits ensure a holistic all year round approach is being taken. "We are looking at all aspects of how the community and their partner authorities maintain and care for the places they live in, not only florally but through sustainable planting and cleanliness initiatives.

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