THE TOWN of Uttoxeter has won a top national accolade. The East Staffordshire town has been awarded Gold in the Town Category of the 2018 Heart of England in Bloom Campaign. Heart of England in Bloom judges, Roger Tait and Donna Loasby, who both visited Uttoxeter in July, said of the town: “It was great to return to Uttoxeter again to meet old friends and new in another action packed tour of the town.
“The togetherness of everyone we met is a key strength in Uttoxeter, and demonstrates that there is a true common goal to which all involved are aiming for.
“The tour demonstrated that there is a continual churn of new ideas, projects and people getting involved in Bloom and bringing a variety of skills and talents into play.
“The team in Uttoxeter has delivered another great year, and already has a watchful eye on opportunities for the future.”
In addition to the town’s Gold award, the Uttoxeter Go Garden Project was awarded the Judges’ Discretionary Environmental Award; while Uttoxeter Cemetery and Bramshall Road Park have been awarded Silver-Gilt within the Parks & Open Spaces Category.
Meanwhile, the Community Courtyard at Uttoxeter Library and the Railway Station Adopters for their community gardens have both been awarded Level Five ‘Outstanding’, and Bradley House Club awarded Level Three ‘Advancing’ within the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. These are in addition to the East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Heath Community Park and Pennycroft Park awards.
Councillor David Trenery, who is the chairman of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Committee, said: “I am delighted that Uttoxeter has once again won Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
“This is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who work tirelessly to make Uttoxeter a beautiful place to live.
“I am particularly pleased by the recognition given to the Go Garden Project which has been given a Discretionary Environmental Award, and delighted with the fantastic results achieved by Uttoxeter’s entries into the It’s Your Neighbourhood and Parks & Open Spaces campaigns.”
Town Mayor, councillor Alison Trenery, said: “These results are fantastic and reflect the excellent partnerships which have been developed between the town council, borough council, local organisations and our wonderful volunteers.
“These results are an accolade to the whole town.”
The Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom annually provide floral trees, hanging baskets, floral beds and planters throughout the town to make a brighter and more colourful place for residents and visitors to live, work and enjoy.
The Bloom funding enables the Bloom committee to provide grants to all seven of the town’s schools, St Mary’s Parish Church, the Royal British Legion and Uttoxeter Library, together with a number of community projects which change annually.
Tina Jeffery, Uttoxeter in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “These wonderful awards reflect the effort and commitment of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Working Group, town councillors and many, many community volunteers.
“I would personally like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have participated and provided sponsorship and support throughout the past year. You have all done Uttoxeter proud.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with Uttoxeter in Bloom is invited to contact Mrs Jeffery on 01889 564085.
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