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Upton in Bloom

Upton upon Severn is to be judged in the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom campaign on 3rd August. Upton is the first entrant ever from Worcestershire and was nominated in last year's regional campaign, the Heart of England in Bloom. On the 18th July, a lovely, sunny day, Upton was judged in this year's HoE in Bloom. On the 20th July we had torrential rain all day. On the 21st the Severn flooded and on the 22nd it got worse.

The first four pictures show some of our display boats. The following pictures show the gradual submerging of the boats, and the oak tubs on the riverfront. Early in the morning of the 22nd, the tubs had totally disappeared. The landlady of the Kings Head on the river front said she had seen some of the tubs floating off down the river. All the town's permanent beds are under water.

On the evening of the 22nd, we know we have had five out of six boats submerged and up to 15 tubs somewhere down the Severn. Our Chairman's house is flooded. So, we wait for the floods to recede and will then assess the damage!


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Pictures © Jackie Surtees