A GROUP of green-fingered volunteers from Boston has received an award as part of Britain in Bloom.
Boston Greenscapers has scooped the level three award as part of It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign during Boston's first-time entry into the Britain in Bloom awards.
Their allotment, rented from Boston Borough Council and the Cuckoo Land allotment site at Wyberton, is now a focus of attention in readiness for the next growing season.
Volunteer Rob Lauberts said: "We hadn't had the allotment very long and didn't think we really had that much to impress with, then the in-bloom judges came here.
"They also saw the results of our labours around town but we were amazed to do so well in the first year."
As an important part of the Boston in Bloom 2012 project the group used some grant money from the community growing programme, Grow2Eat, to equip themselves, planted bulbs gifted by Asda, sowed wild flower seeds donated by Boston Seeds, grew their own plants and begged and borrowed others.
They then weeded, litter picked and generally tidied their way around the town.
With sweet smelling success still on their minds the group are ready to take on a campaign to green up the town using their new allotment to raise new stock.
The group already has plans to take over the neighbouring vacant allotment and have launched all-comers' gardening sessions on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex.
Rachel Lauberts, said: "The Greenscapers evolved from a Placecheck project for the Main Ridge area where, among the focus of their first attentions, was a clean-up of the Burgess Pit play area and weeding and planting along John Adams Way."
Rob added that they soon realised they had something special going, with a team of hard-working and dedicated volunteers prepared to pitch in to make not just Main Ridge, but Boston, a better place.
To find out more about the community gardening sessions contact Rob or Rachel on 01205 312879 or email BostonGrennscapers@hotmail.co.uk .