South Holland volunteers hope to repeat their award winning ways when results for East Midlands in Bloom are announced in September.
Spalding is going for its third gold in a row while Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland are seeking to retain their silver gilts – or go one better.
South Holland District Council chairman Michael Seymour was among councillors meeting judges for a tour in Spalding, which included Springfields, a community garden at Nene Court, an allotment garden at St John the Baptist Primary School, shops in Francis Street and The Crescent, the railway station, Vernatts Nature Reserve, Holland Market and Ayscoughfee Gardens.
They also saw Terry and Judy Wing’s award-winning topiary garden, a riverside area where graffiti has been cleared and the Punchbowl pub garden.
Spalding in Bloom chairman Angela Newton said: “I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have done enough to retain the gold award. If we can help make Spalding look more inviting to visitors and shoppers, we will be happy.”
She also hopes there will be individual golds awarded to places on the judges’ tour.
Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham Rudkin said: “We had silver gilt last year and we always hope to go one better but, to tell you the truth, as long as Holbeach looks nice that’s all we care about. It’s about making the town look nice.”
He said judges seemed impressed by the Boston Road school, a window makeover carried out by the bloom team at a derelict shop as well as the general appearance of the town, which has a record 319 baskets and planters.
Long Sutton in Bloom chairman Kay Jenkinson said: “We have done our very best, which is what we always do whether there is a competition or not. We do take pride in the town.”
Since February, the 25-strong team has devoted around 1,000 hours to the effort.
Crowland in Bloom chairman Helen Kempton said: “The judges were actually very impressed by our hanging baskets this year that came from a new provider local to Crowland.”
All four chairman thanked their fellow volunteers, supporters and sponsors.