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21st July 2009 HEART OF ENGLAND IN BLOOM JUDGES VISIT ROSS-ON-WYE
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The Heart of England in Bloom judges received a very warm welcome to Ross-on-Wye on Monday from Ross Town Councillors, the Mayor and Mayoress, John and Sue Edwards and, of course, the hard working Ross-in-Bloom committee. The Ross-in-Bloom committee had asked for volunteers from Ross to litter pick and tidy up the town and on the Sunday prior to the visit, Upton Bishop WI came to town and spent the morning sweeping and generally scrubbing the Market House and Apron ready for the judges.

Judges, Les Goodman and David Wassell were shown around various parts of the town, starting their tour in High Street and visiting Ross Heritage Centre, the secret garden at the back of the King Charles II pub, Red Meadow, Nursery Road, The Ryefield Centre, Ross Pre-school Playgroup, Ross Garden Store (who were major sponsors of this year's Ross-in-Bloom campaign), Crossfields and the Garden of Remembrance.

The judges, speaking over tea at the Royal Hotel, seemed to be very impressed during their visit, but weren't giving anything away. We shall just have to wait and see, but I think that the Ross-in-Bloom team and the members of the community who got involved did Ross-on-Wye proud. Fingers crossed!


The judges and Ross-in-Bloom members, Chairman Margaret Lucas and Lyn Tomlinson visit a shop in High Street.

Mayor and Mayoress John and Sue Edwards at Ross Market before officially welcoming the judges at Red Meadow.

Children's Gardens at the Heritage Centre.

There were lots of charity stalls in Ross Market.

Ross is becoming known for being a 'Fairtrade' town.

Ross market on Monday.

Welcoming the judges at Red Meadow.

The judges were impressed by the mural, partly painted by Bekki Steele.

Heading from Red Meadow to Nursery Road.

Judging Rita's impressive display in Nursery Road.

Nursery Road.

The children had gone home for the afternoon by the time the judges reached Ross Preschool but playgroup leader, Vicki showed them the children's work.

Visiting sponsors, Ross Garden Store, where most of the town's plants had come from.

Ross Garden Store.

At the Crossfields.

The judges were impressed at how much tidying up had taken place at the Garden of Remembrance.

Upton Bishop WI made sure the Market area was clean prior to the judges' visit..
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