The judging day for Barrowford in Bloom was a success despite the rain setting in shortly after the Heritage Centre gardens were inspected. The inspectors (volunteers like ourselves) chatted with the B in B team over coffee at the heritage centre barn before being taken round the walled garden by Peter Aldred. They were impressed with the quality of the garden and the garden museum. They then went on to Barrowford Park and the other sites before returning back for lunch. While this was going on, the gardening group set to dead-heading the roses and tidying up the garden adjacent the gardener’s cottage before retreating to the tearoom when the rain came down at lunchtime.