YOUR Bloom committee needs you! That is the desperate plea issued by Barnstaple In Bloom chairman John Wilsher ahead of the South West in Bloom judge s arrival in the town on Thursday. Earlier this week, committee volunteers were shocked to learn that the

YOUR Bloom committee needs you! That is the desperate plea issued by Barnstaple In Bloom chairman John Wilsher ahead of the South West in Bloom judge's arrival in the town on Thursday.Earlier this week, committee volunteers were shocked to learn that the town's floral day of reckoning falls on the second day of national local Government strikes, which also affects street cleaners and refuse collectors.Mr Wilsher and bloom volunteers are now relying on people living in town to do their bit to keep Barnstaple looking tidy in time for judge Robert Standen's tour later this week."We are putting out a plea for people in Barnstaple to show their public spirit," said Mr Wilsher."If you see litter lying around today (Wednesday) or tomorrow, please, please, don't leave it for the street cleaner. Pick it up and help the town top look its best."Elements of the marks are given to the cleanliness of the town and no matter how much the judge takes into consideration the effect of the national strikes, they are used to judging towns in pristine condition."Their eyes will be drawn to the discarded crisp packet or take-away wrapper - it will be really difficult for the judge to ignore them."The judge's visit to Barnstaple will take in all central areas of the town including Rock Park, Taw Vale, the Square, the Strand, railway station, Pilton, the civic centre, Castle Green and Library Square, as well as Mermaid Walk, Boutport Street, Joy Street and Holland Walk,The tour concludes with a look at Green Lanes, the High Street, guildhall, pannier market, Butchers Row, and the Alice Horwood and Litchdon Street Almshouses.