Milford to enter for Best Kept Village Competition in 2020

Milford & Makeney is to be entered into the East Midlands in Bloom Best Kept Village competition for 2020.

The Blooming Milford group entered the village for this competition in 2011 and 2013, where it gained Silver and Silver Gilt awards respectively. Following the village’s success in 2019, with awards from East Midlands in Bloom (EMIB) for The Triangle on Chevin Road/A6, the floral displays on Milford Social Club, The Bike Shop on the A6 and The Holly Bush in Makeney, Blooming Milford has decided to enter the whole village again in 2020 – and hopes we can do even better than in 2013!

                                 The Triangle – Spring 2019

The omens appear good. When the EMIB judges came to look at The Triangle in July 2019 Blooming Milford took the opportunity to lead them along the A6 and then along the riverside as far as the new benches. In the comments by the EMIB judges in the subsequent award for the Triangle they said they had been very impressed with what they had seen of the rest of the village, and we should consider entering the whole village for Best Kept Village in 2020.

The Bike Shop on the A6 Summer 2019

The criteria for the competition can be found here.  The criteria may change slightly and a workshop is to be held in February, which Blooming Milford intends to attend and we’ll pass on the details then.

We will probably get 90 minutes judging time and it is important that a judges route is decided. Last time in 2013 the route started at Milford Social Club on Sunny Hill, went to The Triangle on Chevin Road, then along the A6/Derby Road as far as the War Memorial on the bottom of Hopping Hill. Then we went off to the left along the riverside path, up the ramp by the R&D building, along Millers Way and along the path back to Foundry Lane, then crossed to A6 and went up the steps to The New Inn. From there we went down Hopping Hill and finished at the War Memorial. This year the route will probably be similar , but if anyone has any alternative suggestions or extensions, let Blooming Milford know by contacting the chairman by e-mail on The route needn’t be continuous – we can arrange for the judges to be taken by car to locations remote from the main route – but we do have to keep within the 90 minutes judging time.

Watch this space for further news and updates on this exciting event for the village!

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