An art deco sculpture in the flower bed at Boston Train Station (Image by Julie Perrot)

A group of horticultural volunteers have recently been awarded their sixth gold award in a regional competition.

Boston in Bloom, made up of local residents who volunteer hours each week to improve and enhance the visual image of the borough, have recently been awarded their sixth gold award in the annual East Midlands in Bloom competition, along with the Judges award for the Boston Buoys trail accompanied by a Best Permanent Landscape nomination for the same project.

Volunteers have spent countless hours working hard at key areas around the town over recent months, including the grounds of Boston Stump, Central Park, the Market Place, Irby Place and much more.

Partnership Chair, Alison Fairman, said: “To achieve our sixth gold award from East Midlands in Bloom is a huge honour and I’m thrilled that the hard work and dedication of our fantastic local residents has, once again, been recognised.

“The Judges Award and the Best Permanent Landscape nomination, both to the Boston Buoys installations show that the creative work undertaken by the talented artists who spent countless hours in producing fantastic and eye catching memorials and artworks have been worth the dedication.

Councillor Richard Austin, Portfolio Holder for Heritage at Boston Borough Council, said: “I am immensely proud to hear the news that Boston in Bloom has been awarded its sixth consecutive gold award, at the East Midlands ‘In Bloom’ awards ceremony on Wednesday.

“A huge amount of hard work, dedication and time goes towards the upkeep of Boston by a team of volunteers led by Alison Fairman. They work tirelessly to improve and better the appearance of our much loved town. What an outstanding way for Boston to be recognized by winning Gold for six consecutive years in such a prestigious competition.

“The hard work by the volunteers, especially over the past 18 months, was courageous and is highly-appreciated. This hard working team come up with new projects each year, helped by Transported Art, that will benefit the town for many years to come.

Alison continued: “We have a remarkable team of residents who work in sun, rain and snow. Without them, we wouldn’t achieve such incredible results. My thanks must go to the entire Boston in Bloom team, who are unfailingly hard working and cheerful. Trev Wright and his Parks and Grounds team at Boston Borough Council have worked hard on the towns planters and hanging baskets. East Midlands Railway team, Jo Andrews and the Boston Railway Station adopters, have done an outstanding job and we’ve been joined throughout the year by other groups including members of Lincolnshire Co-Operative. Additionally, Boston Big Local continue to fund the partnership, and receive our utmost gratitude, without whom we could not work to make Boston greener and cleaner.

This years judging of Boston in Bloom took place in July following the cancellation of the 2020 campaign during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

2021 saw the group entered into the regional competition, and also the national Britain in Bloom competition, the results of which will be announced in October.

The Mosaic Boston Buoy in Central Park (Image by Jaimanuel Freire)

Everlasting cow parsley Bloom Buoy peeps through the Urban Meadow (Image by Jaimanuel Freire)

The Urban Meadow, one of the Boston in Bloom projects (Image by Jaimanuel Freire)

A Boston Buoy Trail located in Central Park through the metal artwork archway (Image by Jaimanuel Freire)

To find out more on what Boston in Bloom does or how to get involved, search for Boston in Bloom on Facebook.