BRITAIN in Bloom judge Camilla Basset Smith was visiting Minehead on Wednesday (July 10) to look at the town’s entry for the South West in Bloom competition.

The event highlights the community’s dedication to enhancing the town’s natural beauty and public spaces.

The judging route started at Marsh Common and took in the Esplanade and Blenheim Gardens before showcasing the town centre and ending at the Irnham Road Community Centre.

During the tour, Ms Basset Smith was introduced to some of the community volunteers whose tireless efforts had been instrumental in Minehead’s transformation.

Minehead Mayor Cllr Craig Palmer said: “Today’s judging tour was a testament to the incredible community spirit that thrives in Minehead.

“The dedication of our volunteers, as well as the hard work of Somerset Council and Minehead Town Council grounds staff, have truly made our town flourish.

“Their combined efforts have been instrumental in ensuring Minehead looked at its beautiful best today.”

South West in Bloom is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and encourages communities to improve their local environment through the use of flowers, plants, and landscaping.

Judging criteria include horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, and community participation.

Cllr Palmer said taking part had galvanised local efforts to enhance Minehead’s public spaces, promote sustainability, and foster community engagement.

The results of the judging will be announced in the autumn.

Last year, Minehead was awarded a silver gilt for outstanding effort and dedication in the competition’s Sargent Cup.