JUDGES from the Royal Horticultural Society have been in Stroud today (Tuesday, July 10) to judge the town for Heart of England in Bloom.

Judges arrived at Stratford Park Leisure Centre before being given a tour of the Museum in the Park’s walled garden.

Members of the Stroud in Bloom committee then accompanied the judges on the tour of the town, taking in many of the town’s most picturesque locations,

The tour included stops at Rosary Catholic Primary School, the Park Gardens and Summer Street allotments before finishing back at the Museum in the Park.

Chair of the Stroud in Bloom committee Doreen Frusher said: “All volunteers have been out in this scorching hot weather weeding, litter picking, clearing graffiti as well as planting and watering.

“It truly has been a community volunteering effort.”

Deputy mayor of Stroud Town Council Margaret Poulton added: “We want to show off the town. We have been preparing the town for this day and it is a chance to show what a great town Stroud is.

The Stroud in Bloom committee’s show window competition was judged last week, with Stroud Valleys Project awarded first place.

Nailsworth and Stonehouse will both be visited by Royal Horticultural Society judges tomorrow (Wednesday, July 11).