Blooming success for Ely Rail Station as they are crowned winners of Ely in Bloom 2018
PUBLISHED: 15:34 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 09 August 2018
It was a bloomin' marvellous success for Ely Rail Station as their beautiful floral displays led to them scooping the prize of In Bloom 2018 winners.
The station, which has hanging baskets and planters dotted around the platform and entrance, was chosen as overall winner by Mayor of Ely Councillor Mike Rouse.
“There is a real sense of pride at our station in the service they give, but also in the overall appearance of the station and the tubs and hanging baskets do so much to brighten up what is an open and at times bleak position,” he said.
The colours chosen for the displays this year were to commemorate the hundred years to the end of the First World War.
In recent months, green-fingered shop proprietors, publicans and hoteliers set out to create the bright and bold displays across the city.
Mayor Cllr Rouse judged the winners of the six categories on Tuesday (August 8).
A presentation evening at the City of Ely Council Chamber then took place to commend all those involved.
Categories featured volunteer’s flowerbeds, community sheltered housing gardens and religious building garden areas.
The full list of winners is as follows:
2nd Cathedral Vets
3rd Lemon Tree
1st Ely Cathedral Conference Centre
1st Railway Station
2nd Kings Ely
3rd Ely Museum
2nd High Flyer
3rd West End
2nd Fairfax Court
3rd Ribe Court
1st Methodist Chapel
2nd Church of St Peters
3rd Countess Free Church
Benton’s - Commended
Ace - Commended
The Mayors overall winner of winners for 2018 - The Railway Station
Mayor of Ely, Cllr Rouse, said: “Congratulations to Ely’s Railway station on being awarded the overall winners in the 2018 City of Ely Council Ely in Bloom competition.
“It is such a busy gateway to the city and it is heartwarming that we have such committed staff.
“In the most tightly contested section of Ely in Bloom, the one for sheltered housing schemes, congratulations to Bell Holt who just pipped last year’s overall winners Fairfax Court with Ribe Court in third place.
“Well done to those who brighten up the lives of everyone else.”
The Ely in Bloom committee is a voluntary community group that is sponsored by the council and East Cambs District Council.
The group work throughout the year to ensure that the city comes alive during the spring and summer months while maintaining the other areas throughout the autumn and winter.
Councillor Alison Arnold, deputy mayor and Ely in Bloom working group chair, said: “The City of Ely Councils, Ely in Bloom working group, wish to thank all the businesses premises, volunteer open spaces, pubs and hotels, community sheltered housing and religious building gardens in Ely that took part in this yearly event.
“Although having above average temperatures, displays were vibrant, well watered and very well maintained.
“Some displays were petite and others flamboyant, the visual impact around our city illustrated the pride, and uniqueness of Ely.
“Also many thanks to all our judges who volunteered to judge the displays around Ely in very hot conditions.”