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Going for gold: Wisbeach beside the seaside

Way back when, Wisbech was Wisbeach - just a small settlement beside the seaside, where the waters of the Wash lapped on the shore. Now that long-gone past is being recalled as the town goes for gold for the eighth successive year in this year's Anglia In Bloom competition.

This year's "fantasy garden" - a key part of the entry - is a colourful beach scene created in the gardens of St Peter's Church. It conjures up an image of the way things were hundreds of years ago, up until the 13th century.

It consists of a sweep of sand dotted with dune grasses. The sea is represented by blue and white petunias, with an edging of silvery Artemesia to convey the idea of the surf crashing on to the sand. At the back is a more modern touch - a wooden beach hut.

Alongside the "beach" is another section consisting of a variety of tropical plants, including flamboyant cannas and lush green banana plants.

Bob Ollier, Fenland District Council's parks and open spaces manager, said: "our fantasy gardens have always played a big part in Wisbech's many successes in both Anglia In Bloom and Britain In Bloom. We're hoping that this combination of past and present will also capture the imagination of the judges when they visit on July 9."

Wisbech has won a gold award in Anglia In Bloom for seven years running. Last year it has also gained a silver gilt in Britain In Bloom.

Article added June 30, 2015