inboom2_Layer 1The judges for the South & South East England in Bloom Awards have paid their annual visit to Christchurch.

 Ken Turner and Kelvin Mason were shown around the Borough by Christchurch Council’s Tourism Manager, Ann Simon, and Open Spaces & Countryside Manager, Clive Sinden.

On their whirlwind tour, transported courtesy of The Captains Club Hotel, they visited Mudeford Quay, Steamer Point Nature Reserve, Highcliffe Castle, the Juniper Centre Allotments at the Fire Station, Christchurch Quay, New Zealand Gardens and Druitt Gardens.

After seeing the rest of the town centre, they met with the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr John Lofts.

In the afternoon they dropped in on Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve to speak to officers and volunteers and Christchurch Station where they met members of the Friends of Christchurch Station who have entered the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ category of the awards.

One of the judges, Ken Turner, said: “We’ve had a very enjoyable day – it’s great to see the town looking so good in the nice warm sunny weather with residents and visitors enjoying themselves.

It’s obvious that Christchurch is a well-respected and looked-after town and we were impressed by the number of volunteers involved in the different organisations.”

The results of the judges’ visit will be known at the presentation ceremony for the awards in September.

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