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Fenland flourishes in Anglia in Bloom

Four gold awards, ten silver gilts, three silvers and a special award in every category - testament to the continued outstanding efforts of volunteers, organisations and businesses across Fenland.

For the eighth year in a row Wisbech won another Gold Award, and was the winner of the Large Town category.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said:

"This is another terrific set of results for Fenland. To have come within a whisker of wining the overall Anglia in Bloom trophy is something everyone involved should be extraordinarily proud of.

"What is especially remarkable this year is that we had a nomination in every single category - 12 in all. I can't remember us ever achieving that before."

Bob Ollier, Fenland District Council's parks and open spaces manager, also paid tribute to the results:

"Two results in particular stand out. To be awarded gold and win the Best Cemetery category is a brilliant achievement for the Friends of Wisbech Cemetery group, and all those who devote so much love and care to the upkeep of the graveyard.

"They are a small but very dedicated team of volunteers who meet several times a month to carry all sorts of tasks there. Last year they won the award for the Best Conservation Project - and if anything, they have done even better this time.

"Another group that deserves a special mention are the youth members of the Chatteris Royal British Legion for winning the Best Young Persons project for 12-18 year olds. They decided a good way to commemorate the centenary of the First World War would be to find, tidy up and care for the graves and memorials of 30 people who died in the war that are located in the town's two cemeteries.

"So far they have restored 11 graves and started work on others. They've worked in incredibly hard and are very worthy winners."