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Town hits the floral jackpot

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

FIRST-time entrant Needham Market is savouring the sweet smell of success in Anglia in Bloom.

The town won top prize in the region for their disabled-friendly garden among a clutch of other awards.

FIRST-time entrant Needham Market is savouring the sweet smell of success in Anglia in Bloom.

The town won top prize in the region for their disabled-friendly garden among a clutch of other awards.

The prize-winning sensory garden at Christchurch Methodist Church, High Street, won laurels for allowing the visually impaired and people with other special needs to enjoy the wonders of a garden which contains scented flowers and rustling grasses.

Arranged on raised beds to avoid any bending down, the garden's flowers include lavender, cinnamon and scented flax.

But there was more. The town blossomed beyond their dreams to win best new entry in the category for small country towns with a population under 25,000, a silver award for the best country town.

But most pleasing of all for everyone concerned, Needham won the top award in its category for "best local" – which acknowledged the organisation of the committee and volunteers in "engendering enthusiasm for the competition and involving the communities in its activities.

"When we entered last November we thought we would just test the temperature of the water," said Bob Robertson, co-ordinator of the Needham in Bloom committee. "If we made a good first attempt, we would have been pleased.

"But we couldn't believe it when we went down to Southend for the results ceremony – it took a while for it all to sink in.

"We are delighted and would like to thank everyone who helped, including all our sponsors."

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