East Staffordshire’s entries into this year’s Heart of England In Bloom competition have shone once again with the In Bloom entries in Uttoxeter, Burton and Winshill all receiving gold. The competition rewards community groups for the quality of floral displays, horticultural excellence and community involvement. More than 3,000 groups participate each year to help improve their local villages, towns and cities.
East Staffordshire’s entries into this year’s Heart of England In Bloom competition have shone once again with the In Bloom entries in Uttoxeter, Burton and Winshill all receiving gold.
The competition rewards community groups for the quality of floral displays, horticultural excellence and community involvement. More than 3,000 groups participate each year to help improve their local villages, towns and cities.
Stapenhill Gardens, Mill Hill Lane (Peace Wood) and Uttoxeter Cemetery all received Gold in the parks category, with a number of other East Staffordshire parks receiving a silver or silver gilt.
A number of entries in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category received gold including: Community Well Being Garden; Rolleston Train Station; Go Garden, Uttoxeter Train Station, Uttoxeter Library, Heath Road Community Centre and Winshill Resource Centre. Redfern’s Cottage and Winshill Wildlife Wood both received a silver gilt.
The ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category is about bringing members of the community together to make a positive change to the place they live, work or spend their leisure time.
Councillor Bev Ashcroft, Deputy Leader for Leisure, Amenities and Tourism at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “This result is a credit to all involved, both volunteers and staff, and adds so much to the environment across the borough. To have achieved these results under such difficult circumstances is outstanding.”
As well as Uttoxeter gaining a Gold in the Town Category, a number of other awards were given to other areas and aspects of the town.
These were: It’s Your Neighbourhood – Bradley House: Thriving; Go Garden: Outstanding; Picknalls: Thriving; Redfern’s Cottage: Thriving; Uttoxeter Community Garden: Outstanding; Library Courtyard Garden: Outstanding; and Station Adopters: Outstanding.
In the Park Category, Uttoxeter Cemetery gained Gold; Bramshall Road Park: Silver Gilt; and Pennycroft Park: Silver (first year entered).
A Discretionary Award for Outstanding Merit went to community volunteer Mick Eyre; while a Discretionary Award for Outstanding Achievement went to Zdzislaw Krupski who is a community volunteer and a town councillor.
Meanwhile, a RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Outstanding Achievement Award went to Station Adopters.
Heart of England is the region in which Uttoxeter is assessed as part of the broader Britain In Bloom campaign. Entries are judged by three categories: Horticulture, Environment and Community and the overall aim is to make communities safe, clean and green.
The Town Category was assessed digitally via a portfolio but as restrictions eased the judges were able to visit in person for It’s Your Neighbourhood and Park judging.
Groups were able to share their gardens with the judges after such a tough 18 months; with some community garden groups unable to gain access to the gardens until Spring this year.
Chair of the Uttoxeter In Bloom Committee, councillor Marie Williams said “As chair of the Uttoxeter in Bloom Committee I am delighted that all our entrants to the Heart of England In Bloom campaign for 2021 have achieved such fantastic results.
“All volunteers and contributors have worked especially hard this year following the challenges of the previous year and their perseverance and commitment has been recognised in these awards.
“They should all be very proud of their achievements and I know many Uttoxeter residents have enjoyed the results of all the In Bloom efforts. Congratulations to all.”
Uttoxeter Town Mayor, councillor Chris Sylvester added “I would like to personally congratulate and thank all those involved in Uttoxeter’s entry in The Heart of England in Bloom campaign. We were awarded Gold in the Town Category and many other awards in the other categories.
“This includes community volunteers and helpers and Town Hall staff and councillors all of whom have put a massive amount of work in to achieve these awards.
“Special thanks go to Mick Eyre and Zdzislaw Krupski for winning Discretionary Awards for Outstanding Achievement – Community Volunteers and to Councillor Marie Williams, Chair of the Uttoxeter In Bloom Committee.
“We should all be proud of Uttoxeter’s outstanding achievements in this campaign in a year of adversity. It has helped to bring the community together, as we came out of the pandemic, and brighten-up and bring an array of colours to our town.”
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