Julie has been involved with Britain in Bloom since 2004 when she first participated in her village’s entry into the competition. This first-hand experience at Regional, and twice at National level, has led to a good understanding of all elements with a particular interest in the community and heritage – both natural and historical. The Region asked her to become a judge in 2013 and she has served both in this capacity and as an assessor with It’s Your Neighbourhood.
Julie’s professional career was spent in education, finally serving as a Headteacher within Bracknell Forest for 15 years. Her particular interest was in the education of More Able, Gifted and Talented children. She was asked by the Regional committee to rewrite the criteria for the school’s award. This enabled the judges to become more aware of the stages of development within the different sectors and to assist them in marking accordingly.
Her horticultural experience comes from gardening and an allotment plus a love for the natural environment. Living in a small village means that she has become involved in every aspect of Britain in Bloom whilst encouraging as many people as possible to share that interest. Other personal pursuits include travel, sailing and genealogy.
Paul has been involved with Britain in Bloom for over 20 years, during that time he gained a wealth of experience as an entrant, achieving high standards at a local, regional and national level, before joining the Thames and Chiltern Judges in 2014.
He enjoys seeing the real benefit to communities and the environment being involved with ‘Bloom’ makes. He has helped and supported many community groups, volunteers get involved in horticulture through environmental initiatives, as well as developing commercial partnerships with local and national businesses.
Paul has over 34 years experience working within the Horticultural Industry and has been responsible for the management and development of parks & open spaces, sports and cemetery facilities and town centre street scene services. He is currently employed as the Street Scene & Landscape Manager for Cherwell and South Northants District Councils'.