Why this Norfolk village is a blooming great place to live in

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Dale Hector and Ian Beaney. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Dale Hector and Ian Beaney. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

A Norfolk village is back in the national limelight once again after showing off its annual floral wonders to impressed judges.

Britain in Bloom judges have visited Filby to judge the flower-filled community in the best village under 1,000 people category.

The village is well known for its displays along the whole of its length on the A1064 between Great Yarmouth and Acle.

Ariana amongst the flowers in Filby. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ariana amongst the flowers in Filby. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judges Ian Beaney and Dale Hector were given a tour of the village by the Filby in Bloom group, which prides itself on getting the whole community involved in making it one of the most attractive sights in the region.

The judges were shown a wide range of creative displays and were particularly impressed by the efforts of the village's primary school and church.

Glenn Unstead by some of the beautiful exhibits on show for Filby in Bloom. Picture: Sarah Lucy B

Glenn Unstead by some of the beautiful exhibits on show for Filby in Bloom. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The tour also marks the first time since 2019 that Britain in Bloom judges have been able to get back out on the road due to the Covid pandemic.

Mr Beaney said: "This is the first time we have been able to get out since 2019 and it is lovely to see what is going on in Filby.

"It is all about horticulture, the environment and community engagement. Filby has a lot of horticulture, it has a good environmental ethos and has a high level of community engagement."

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Dale Hector and Ian Beaney. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Dale Hector and Ian Beaney. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The finals of the Britain in Bloom competition will be held in October.

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Filby in Bloom has won the best village under 1,000 people category of Britain in Bloom twice before - in 2002 and 2017.

It has also won the Anglia in Bloom version of the category every year since 1995.

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The enthusiastic Filby in Bloom team of volunteers, with Adrian Thompson at the helm, has spent well over 2,500 hours growing, nurturing and planting more than 23,000 plants to adorn the streets, lamp posts and verges of the village.

Glenn Unstead by some of the beautiful exhibits on show for Filby in Bloom. Picture: Sarah Lucy B

Glenn Unstead by some of the beautiful exhibits on show for Filby in Bloom. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mr Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom, thanked the two judges for coming and all the volunteers for their hard work in making the village such an attractive place to live and visit.

He added: "I think it is the best the village has ever looked. Thank you to everyone involved."

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Ian Beaney and Dale Hector. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Judges Ian Beaney and Dale Hector. - Credit: Saran Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

Judging day for Filby in Bloom. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown