The first of the In Bloom judges has visited Hunstanton as the seaside town prepares for another inspection next month.

The resort, which is taking part in both Anglia in Bloom and the prestigious national Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom, is renowned for its pristine cliff top gardens, the Esplanade.

But it is not just the ornate flower beds which will be inspected by the judges.

The Hunstanton in Bloom Committee has been working on a raft of projects, including the community orchard in the grounds of Hunstanton Community Centre, planting poppies to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and working with school children to design a front cover for the portfolio they will present to judges.

Bob Ollier, chairman of the regional Anglia in Bloom Committee, was the first judge to visit Hunstanton on Wednesday. He will be followed by a judges from Britain in Bloom on Monday, August 4.

Councillor Elizabeth Watson, chairman of the Hunstanton in Bloom Committee, said: “The In Bloom campaigns are a great way of bringing people together to make the most of the area in which they live.

“Once again the community has really pulled together to make Hunstanton shine and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved.”

The committee is hoping this year’s efforts will maintain the town’s  impressive record in both competitions.