SUNDAY, July 20 - Judges view village floral displays after spray fear

PUBLISHED: 15:08 20 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh's floral displays came under the close scrutiny of judges when the Britain in Bloom experts descended on the village to take a look at their green-fingered efforts. But the East Budleigh in Bloom committee cannot now down tools because the v

EAST Budleigh's floral displays came under the close scrutiny of judges when the Britain in Bloom experts descended on the village to take a look at their green-fingered efforts.But the East Budleigh in Bloom committee cannot now down tools because the village has also been nominated by the region to take part in the national finals - which is judged in August.East Budleigh in Bloom spokeswoman Beryl Maynard said: "High standards have to be maintained for another month."Judges Nick Jones and Martin Abrahams spent more than an hour being shown around the village by the East Budleigh in Bloom committee.Now the village has a nail-biting wait until September to learn if it has been successful.The judging took place some two months after angry residents claimed the district council killed off many of the village's wildflower displays after the council parks and gardens team was asked by the bloom committee to spray the weeds.The council was asked to carry out the weed removal following comments made by last year's bloom judging team, who criticised the state of East Budleigh's kerbs and roadside edges.Mrs Maynard said "nothing was affected" after the council had sprayed the weeds.But one disgruntled resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We don't mind having weeds killed off, but they ended up killing poppies and wild geraniums."A district council spokeswoman said: "As a one-off gesture, because of their success in reaching the national finals, we agreed to do this. Councillor Florey accompanied our StreetScene representative to ensure that the spraying only took place in specified areas."The 2008 judges were shown East Budleigh's new sensory garden, the birch coppice, wildflower garden and the village hall's new Devon hedge. Drakes Primary School pupils' gardening skills impressed the judges when visited the school allotment.The tour ended with a visit to Bicton park's Italian gardens.

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