The green-fingered abilities of Belper residents were put to the test as the town was visited by judges from the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
Judges were treated to an extensive tour of the town, including the River Gardens (pictured). They also visited St John’s Chapel, the Market Place, The Coppice, Memorial Gardens, Morrisons island, Herbert Strutt Primary School, Meadow Court, Beaurepaire Gardens, Wyver Lane Nature Reserve and Belper Cemetery.
Organisers now face an anxious wait until the results are announced on September 11 during a presentation at a hotel in Skegness.Last year Belper was named best large town in the competition and went on to win the same category at the national Britain in Bloom finals. However, because of competition rules Belper is unable to enter the UK-wide contest again until next year.
Chairman of the Belper in Bloom Committee, John Nelson, said: “You can never tell what the judges are thinking - they don’t give anything away. I personally think the town is looking better than ever.”
Pictured: Trevor Griffin, volunteer for friends of Belper River Gardens; judge Richard Stephens; judge Diane Moore; Roz Bullimore, Belper Town Council and judge Robin Allen.