Britain in Bloom judges were given a guided tour of Bracknell, which is representing the Thames and Chilterns region in the Small City category of the national finals in October.

From the top floor of Ocean House in the town centre they had a panoramic view and were given a presentation covering all activities of the ‘In Bloom’ group.

They were given a three-hour tour of the town, including a business park, supermarkets, primary schools and gardens.

The town will be judged on its horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, and community participation.

Allan Moffat, chairman of the Bracknell in Bloom committee, said: “Everyone worked extremely hard to get the route looking great and it was a real team effort.” Judge Martyn Hird said: “This was my first time in Bracknell and I was very impressed with what I saw. When I heard that the town centre was being knocked down I thought ‘In Bloom’ were crazy for taking part in this year’s contest.” Judge Rae Beckwith praised the organisers for their “vision through this difficult period”.

National results will be announced in October and each of the 72 finalists will be recognised by gold, silver and bronze medals.