The Cheshire town of Nantwich has been presented top prize of Gold in the Town Category of the Britain in Bloom Awards.
For the for the ninth year running the hard work and dedication has paid off with the town being presented with an award at the North West in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Southport.
Britain in Bloom is no longer just about spectacular floral displays, gardeners are increasingly having to respond to the changing climate, declining pollinator numbers and plastic waste and more communities are galvanising people around these issues to bring about positive change.
Nantwich is a fine example of what can be achieved, with judges commenting “The judges were pleased to see your efforts to move towards a more sustainable and wildlife friendly form of planting. We noted your increased use of insect pollinator-friendly plants. Also, more use of perennial plants. We thought your theme for “Bees & Butterflies” in the town centre was particularly successful.”
They continued “It was clear from the start that the entry displayed all that is best with Britain in Bloom. There is an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers who are driving the project forward and each and everyone is to be congratulated on what has been achieved. It is obvious that the town of Nantwich benefits greatly from all their hard work and endeavours.”
The Mayor of Nantwich added “This is a tremendous accolade for the town and I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the Nantwich In Bloom volunteers for their hard work, as well as the continuing support from ANSA, Nantwich Town Council staff and of course Nantwich Litter Group.”
The team’s success didn’t stop at one award. Sue Hughes a Nantwich in Bloom committee member for around 15 years and Secretary for 10 years, received an individual award for Outstanding Contribution to Nantwich in Bloom from North West Britain in Bloom at Southport.
Originally Sue was involved working with the gardeners at Richmond Village and also worked with Doug Butterill and Connie Jones as assistant secretary.
A well deserved award and a complete surprise to Sue! Congratulations
(Press release from Nantwich Town Council)