It was sunshine all the way as Britain In Bloom judges toured the town on Tuesday (7th August). Their day started at Westbourne Library, where they were greeted by the mayor and mayoress Derek and Dorothy Borthwick, and Bournemouth In Bloom showed a film about various gardening projects that have been going on around the town this year including Schools in Bloom, the sensory garden at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, the Spring and Summer flower shows and the beautiful rose gardens at Bournemouth Crematorium.

Judges Kate Dagnell and Bill Ronald then visited various floral spots including Westbourne Arcade, the Lower Gardens, Margaret Dudden’s stunning front garden in Southbourne and the garden at Hengistbury Head visitor centre. Their visit ended with a splendid lunch and then, almost by magic, while they were indoors eating, there was a tiny, tiny shower of much needed rain.

Despite the hot, dry summer the town was looking splendid and there were lots of stunning floral displays at hotels, parks, restaurants and private gardens for the judges to see. Chris Colledge, chairman of Bournemouth In Bloom, escorted the judges on their tour, and was delighted with how it all went. Now we just have to wait to see if Bournemouth is lucky enough to win a prestigious Britain In Bloom award.

Pictured from the left are Britain In Bloom judges Bill Ronald and Kate Dagnell, the mayor and mayoress of Bournemmouth Derek and Dorothy Borthwick and Chris Colledge, chairman of Bournemouth In Bloom, outside Westbourne Library, and Chris Colledge with judge Bill Ronald wearing a rather splendid Panama hat, with Robin Garrett, head gardener for the Lower Gardens, showing off the floral beds there.