Amersham is looking blooming beautiful ready for a visit from some judges from a national competition this week.

Volunteers from across Amersham, including from schools, scout groups, Amersham in Bloom and Amersham Town Council have been busy over the past few weeks planting and sprucing up the town.

Judges from the regional Thames and Chiltern in Bloom competition are taking a tour round the town tomorrow (July 28) and judges from the national Britain in Bloom will be judging the town on Tuesday (Aug 2).

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For the first time ever, following two consecutive Gold awards, Amersham in Bloom has been invited to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition.

Last year Amersham received three awards in the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom awards, including Gold for the overall town plus special regional awards for the Memorial Gardens and its contribution to conservation and wildlife.

During the past few weeks volunteers have been busy preparing for the judges’ visits and have:

- Installed new hardwood planters outside the Post Office Sorting Office.

- Hung 204 hanging baskets throughout Amersham-on-the-Hill and Old Amersham.

- Created patriotic displays including a Union Flag opposite Amersham Station and a red white and blue cross in Sycamore Corner.

- Planted 50 road name plates with a mixture of sunflowers, cosmos and rudbeckia, all of which have been grown by volunteers including Stony Dean School.

- Planted a bed of 250 sunflowers in the verge in Woodside Road, opposite Green Lane.

This is in addition to all the other displays and beds throughout town.

The Memorial Gardens in Old Amersham have been transformed into a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Following discussions with the scout leaders, volunteers created a memorial gardens of celebration with three very recognisable models complimented with patriotic red while and blue planting.

The models were designed and constructed voluntary by Andy Honour, of Honour Designs, before they were planted using 5,000 plants which were individually planted by Amersham in Bloom volunteers. A

All the displays throughout Amersham were planned in early January.

The crown has been sponsored by The Entertainer, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, while the stamp has been sponsored by Ambers of Amersham.

Andy Honour, who is also the 1st Chesham Bois Scout Leader, said: “It’s great to look back at how good communication and team work have achieved the end result. We have been delighted by the reaction of the people of Amersham to the sculptures. A project that celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday and makes our local community smile has to be considered a great success.”

Amersham’s mayor Mark Vivis said: “The displays in the Memorial Gardens are a wonderful celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and are thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Chesham Bois Scout Group Leaders, Bloom volunteers as well as and Town Council staff and councillors.”