Pretty village gets ready to blossom

Hollyoaks actor  Paul Opacic ( second left  front) joined local brownies and girl guides to launch the Luddenden in Bloom bid.
Hollyoaks actor Paul Opacic ( second left front) joined local brownies and girl guides to launch the Luddenden in Bloom bid.
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Judges will visit Luddenden as part of a Britain in Bloom.

The Royal Horticultural Society judging panel will arrive on August 4 as part of the UK-wide tour for 2011.

The picturesque village is among the 76 finalist communities to have been chosen from over 1,000 cities, towns and villages throughout the UK.

Luddenden’s green-fingered troops will be deadheading, pruning, watering and putting their final touches to the bloom project in order to impress judges Andrew Jackson and Jim Knight who will be visiting between 8.45am until 10.30am. Luddenden is in the village category alongside Berrynarbor, Elswick, Filby, Newcastleton and Rosliston. The winner is announced in September.

Roger Burnett, RHS Britain in Bloom UK Judges Chairman, said: “It’s an absolute privilege and joy to be an RHS judge involved in this hugely worthwhile campaign. As well as enjoying the stunning displays and seeing the colossal efforts communities have made to make their towns, villages or cities nicer places to be, I also love meeting the people responsible. They are truly wonderful and the passion they have is both inspiring and infectious – I leave each community buzzing with excitement and also slightly disappointed not to have been able to stay longer.”

Judge Andrew Jackson said: “The people of Luddenden should relax and enjoy the experience. Judging day is not about the judges, it is about your community and celebrating all that is best about it.”

Each year, an estimated 200,000 volunteers contribute an average of 44 hours a year each to Britain in Bloom activities, planting hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and plants over almost a million acres of public space.