The Evington in Bloom assessment day took judges (Jo Tarrant and Julie Walker) from East Midlands in Bloom on a three hour tour of Evington in July 2019. They visited Evington Park and viewed the Burnaby Gardens, the Fruit garden and the new herbaceous border and then they walked along an attractive path to the main entrance to the park. Crossing the road, they viewed Graceworks garden, see picture above. They looked inside the polytunnels to see the Aquaponics system and a vegetable growing system. Moving on into the village they saw the many beds and containers of flowers, looked after by Malcolm Toon and other shopkeepers. They visited the Village Green, the War Memorial and the ‘Co-op’ garden.
A car journey took the judges to Downing Drive to view the many containers outside the shops and meet more volunteers. They made separate assessessments of the Dove and Daxa Patel’s garden. Daxa’s garden was the winner in the Best Front Garden competition 2018. The car route continued with a drive through Hilltop Allotments and then onto Piggy’s Hollow and the Parish Centre at St. Denys Church, where they enjoyed a buffet lunch together, prepared by the Evington in Bloom team.
The judges were impressed with the new projects in the Park, at Graceworks, at the allotments and at St. Denys Church. A lot of work has been done around putting an infrastructure in place and working together. We expect a Silver gilt again, but it would be nice if we got a Gold!