SOUTH West in Bloom judges were out and about in Barnstaple on Thursday to cast their eye over the town s floral efforts this year. There weren t many town centre locations that judge s Robert Standen and Rod Pooley didn t visit during the three-hour tour

SOUTH West in Bloom judges were out and about in Barnstaple on Thursday to cast their eye over the town's floral efforts this year.There weren't many town centre locations that judge's Robert Standen and Rod Pooley didn't visit during the three-hour tour with the town's Bloom committee.The appraisal took in all areas, from Rock Park to Pilton, and everywhere in between.The Gazette caught up with the visitors and members of the Bloom committee part-way through the tour at the Heritage Centre on the Strand."We're proud of the way the Barnstaple looks this summer and are pleased to welcome the judges back," said committee chairman John Wilsher."Barnstaple has created a reputation for itself over the years and under difficult circumstances, we like to think that we have improved the town and helped to make it a lovely place to be."The committee has rolled up its sleeves and got stuck in for this year's competition. However, the first priority is to improve the town - doing well in competition is a bonus," added Mr Wilsher.Barnstaple will now have to wait until the results are announced in September.n ONE of Ilfracombe's most popular parks has kept its coveted Green Flag for the fifth year in a row.Active and committed community groups have helped Bicclescombe Park retain its status since 2004.