Nettleham, the third class (Small Towns & Large Villages) category winner for the last three years, has been ejected from the competition after judges decided that the village was not as good as others running in the competition.
Nettleham Parish Council are demanding the release of the score sheet early to discover what has led to this disastrous performance.
Nettleham Parish Councillor, Giles McNeill, said:
"This is truly a shock. Nettleham Parish Council work very hard to make Nettleham an attractive village. The late refurbishment of the planters and the poor job done by our grass cutters may be to blame; at this stage we just don't know - it's very disappointing."