In Bloom judges visit Keswick for a training day

20 judges from Cumbria were joined by Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) national judge Rae Beckwith for a walk around Keswick to give advice on how to judge entries and the criteria expected.

The future judges have met residents, volunteers and managers along the way to help showcase Keswick’s range of interesting and diverse areas, essential training when it comes to competing later this year.

JUDGES: Meet the community at Derwent Close.

Together with Jean Airey, Liz Auld had devised a route for the judges to walk around, having gathered at the Rawnsley Center on Thursday April 28, making stops around the city at Tithebarn Street Corner, Derwent Close, Hope Park Sundial Garden and Passage Lower Lake Road.

Liz Auld said: “The judges were greatly assisted in their deliberations by Christine Fawcett, Keswick Parks Officer, and Catherine Parker from Keswick City Council, who both met us at Hope Park and guided us through the rest. of the tour.

“Even though it was very early in the season, the judges found Keswick to be beautiful and, despite heavy visitor numbers, remarkably free of litter and graffiti,” she said.

The judges applauded the work of the many volunteers who give tirelessly to keep the flower beds spotless throughout the year.

Cumbria in Bloom offers awards in the following categories – Pride in your community (towns and villages), tourism, schools and assessments under the RHS It’s Your Neighborhood scheme – with applications for these awards welcome until the end of May 2022.

See for how to enter these competitions.

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