After Rough Truffles, led by Tracey Wilkinson, kicked off the East Midlands In Bloom judges tour with the In Bloom Song there followed a presentation in St John’s Chapel. On leaving the building there was a surprise awaiting; Transition Belper members had been conducting some guerrilla gardening and had planted more than 100 ‘Bloomin Junk’ flowers in the grass at the chapel.
The judges were then treated to a tour of Belper taking in the Market Place, Belper Parks, the Memorial Gardens, King Street, the Methodist Church, a drive through neat verges to the Whitemoor Centre, back to Belper School then on to Meadow Court and the Railway Station. From there to the A6 triangle and a trip down Wyver Lane before taking in the River Gardens and then back to St John’s Chapel.
At a buffet lunch, Council leader, John Nelson and Mayor Gary Spendlove thanked everyone involved and all the numerous community groups for their contributions. The judges said how much they had enjoyed the tour but said we’d have to wait until mid-September to get the results.
By David George