Holbeach is best kept town – and Springfields blooms too

In Bloom Judging Holbeach'All around Football club display, front are judges Jeff Bates, Jo Hull with Stephen Johnson and Graham Rudkin ANL-141007-145155001
In Bloom Judging Holbeach'All around Football club display, front are judges Jeff Bates, Jo Hull with Stephen Johnson and Graham Rudkin ANL-141007-145155001
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The awards keep on coming.

Holbeach has won its 
category in the Best Kept Village and Town competition, with Crowland runners-up – and alongside Spalding gaining gold in East Midlands In Bloom, Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre gardens have come out on top, too.

Holbeach and Crowland were both selected as top towns in class four, which is the category focusing on small towns.

The competition is now in its 52nd year and aims to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in their towns and villages, while boosting community spirit.

Holbeach Parish Council were “delighted” when they discovered their result.

Teresa Daisley, deputy clerk, said: “It’s wonderful news and a credit to everyone who was involved.

“There has been a huge community effort to put Holbeach on the map and I hope that this award will bring more people to the town.

“Following our silver award for East Midlands in Bloom, this is just the icing on the cake.”

Chairman of Crowland Parish Council, David Kempton, was also delighted to hear Crowland’s result.

He said: “It’s fantastic news and we are very pleased.

“Crowland has a lot to offer to people and we do try to keep it as tidy as possible, especially in the summer months when juding takes place.

“This is all down to a mix of volunteers, both council members and employees, residents and businesses.

“We will just try harder next year to achieve first place.”

Sutterton was also among the winners, coming first in class two.

Stamford and Caroline Marthews, from the Best Kept Village and Town compeition, said: “We would like to thank all the villages for their hard work and dedication which have contributed to the 
extremely high standard which we expect from Lincolnshire.”

This is the fourth year running that Springfields has won gold in the East Midlands In Bloom competition.

Retail director Simon Stone said: “We take extreme pride in the floral displays throughout the shopping 
centre and festival gardens.

“They are enjoyed by 2.3 million people each year and we are already planning next year’s.”