Doom and bloom
ROYSTON has pulled out of the Anglia-in-Bloom competition at the last minute. Judges were due to visit Royston today (Thursday) and tour the area – but were told on Monday that it would no longer be entering the competition. Cllr Rod Kennedy, chairman of
ROYSTON has pulled out of the Anglia-in-Bloom competition at the last minute.
Judges were due to visit Royston today (Thursday) and tour the area - but were told on Monday that it would no longer be entering the competition.
Cllr Rod Kennedy, chairman of the Royston-in-Bloom committee, said he was "disappointed" about the move but it was a "realistic" decision.
The decision to drop out of this year's competition came at a meeting last week of the Royston-in-Bloom committee when members reviewed the situation.
Cllr Kennedy said: "It has become increasingly difficult for the small Royston-in-Bloom team to achieve the standard of entry to which it aspires."
One reason for the decision is because the criteria of the competition have changed over the years.
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The competition has moved away from simply judging an entry on the quality of floral displays, "but has a much greater emphasis on sustainability and community involvement," said Cllr Kennedy.
He continued that he realised residents took pride in the appearance of Royston, but a larger team was now needed to meet expectations in the competition.
"We need a larger team particularly with representatives from community-based organisations to assist our efforts if we are to develop new projects and obtain wider sponsorship.
"It is by expanding membership of the team that we demonstrate the level of support and commitment there is in Royston, so that we can once again take our place as a winner of Anglia-in-Bloom," said Cllr Kennedy.
He promised that next year Royston would re-enter the competition - and at that time, too, major redevelopment of the Priory Memorial Gardens would have been completed.
"We are naturally disappointed at having to make this decision, but intend to re-enter the event next year," he said.
There were certain key areas this year that had not progressed as expected which led to the committee reaching its decision.
In the past, Royston had twice won the town class in the competition.