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Newport residents quietly confident over Britain in Bloom visit

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It will be more than two months until people in Newport find out how the town was rated by Britain in Bloom judges, but those that have worked hardest to make it beautiful are quietly confident.

Britain in Bloom judges (front left-right) Kim Parish and Mel Henley, with Newport in Bloom committee members, at Water Lane, Newport

Judges took a tour of the town on Wednesday, and Newport in Bloom members said they were enthusiastic about every stop on the way.

“The judges don’t give anything away,” Jane Stiles, of Newport in Bloom, said.

“They were very enthusiastic and we believe they thoroughly enjoyed their day.”

It’s the second visit by in Bloom judges in only a few weeks.

The regional Heart of England in Bloom judges visited the town on July 15.

With the pressure finally off, the town must now wait to find out how they got them.

The results for the regional competition is on September 5, while the national awards will be revealed on October 25.

“It’s been full on, but we knew it was going to be,” Jane said. “Now it’s over, we really enjoyed it.

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“We have worked really well together as a team and with volunteers, and it has worked out great. We’ve done our best and it was really good.”

Jane said she was thrilled by how much support Newport in Bloom had received in the days running up to the big day.

Businesses, restaurants and members of the public in Newport came together to make sure the town was perfect.

As well as Newport Town Council and Idverde ground maintenance, residents were out in force to clean around their homes.

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“The town has really come together," Jane said. "It was buzzing during the judging. There was a really nice feel about it. The judges were really impressed by it all.”

Usually Newport in Bloom enters Heart of England in Bloom every two years, but this year has broke their usual cycle to enter Britain in Bloom.

In the coming months they will decide whether to run their popular Open Gardens event or again enter into Heart of England In Bloom.

Newport was one of two Shropshire locations in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Norton in Hales was visited by judges on Monday.

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