Caistor: Village is in full bloom supporting the Red Cross

Visitors from all around came to see the floral displays and scarecrows at Caistor

Visitors from all around came to see the floral displays and scarecrows at Caistor

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A fantastic weekend of events for Caistor in Bloom contributed to raising valuable funds for the British Red Cross.

Twenty-five gardens were open with scarecrows to encourage families to attend – two of which have been accredited in the NGS scheme.

Visitors flocked from as far afield as Nottingham, Worksop, Louth, Horncastle, York, Barnsley, Grantham, Digby, Kent, Cornwall, Sheffield, Lincoln AND Grimsby and Cleethorpes enjoying the varied garden styles and undulating terrain that gives Caistor its unique character.

The original concept was an idea put forward by Ernie and Jacquie Brown – Caistor in Bloom founders – who were keen to use these events to raise awareness of the Caistor in Bloom Group as well as contributing to the British Red Cross.

There were some quality scarecrows with this years’ theme being medieval characters

First prize went to Genevieve & the mad monk by Jill and Cliff Rust.

Second prize went to The Knights Templar by David Wright.

Third was a crusader by Beverley Sheridan and fourth place to another crusader by Mrs Clark.

Total prize monies were generously sponsored by Charlie Salmon at CLS Demolition & Civil Engineering.

New committee member Martin Sizer was amazed by the amount of visitors.

“It was a genuine pleasure to chat to visitors who attended and the feedback was tremendous with many people surprised at the hidden treasures that Caistor gardens have to offer” he commented.

Caistor in Bloom started in May 2009 earning an impressive Silver Award after just eight weeks.

Narrowly missing Silver Gilt in 2010, the group achieved the coveted Gold Award in 2011.

They then repeated both this and won their category in 2012, 2013 and 2014 gaining 179 points – the highest in the East Midlands.

Caistor in Bloom Group will always welcome anybody who wishes to get involved, either as a committee member or simply as volunteer labour.

Anybody who is interested in volunteering or who would like to know more about Caistor in Bloom should contact chairman Deborah Barker on info@caistorinbloom.co.uk or by ringing 01472 851883