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Burton, Winshill and Uttoxeter win gold in England in Bloom awards

Thu 10 Nov 2016

The England in Bloom judges inspecting Winshill in Bloom

Three prestigious national gardening gold medal awards have been presented to Burton, Winshill and Uttoxeter for their impressive floral displays at schools and in community gardens across the areas. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society Heart of England in Bloom organisation visited the three towns in May to inspect the quality of the floral displays, horticultural excellence and community involvement.

East Staffordshire Borough Council, which was behind the work to secure the coveted awards, has said it is delighted that all three areas won gold – making this the third year in a row that the authority has won three top medals.

Councillor Colin Whittaker, deputy leader for cultural services at the council, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have received three gold medals. This is a credit to all involved, both volunteers and staff, and adds so much to the environment across the borough.

"The success that East Staffordshire has achieved would not be possible without the help of community groups and volunteers across the area.

"Next year will be particularly exciting for the council as Burton is pursuing its tenth consecutive gold award and Uttoxeter is aiming for a national Britain in Bloom medal."

As well as taking home a gold award overall, in Burton, the Garden Gang, made up of volunteers based at the Greenhouse Centre in Stapenhill, also won a level 3 advancing award for the therapeutic garden and nursery located within Stapenhill Cemetery.

The Burton Community Gardeners also won a level 3 advancing award for their garden near St Peter's Church, Stapenhill.

In Winshill, Tower View Primary School came away with a silver gilt in the schools' section. In the 'It's Your Neighbourhood Section', Elizabeth Court achieved a level 3 advancing award, and the Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre achieved the top award level 5 of outstanding.

This was the fifth year Winshill entered the Heart of England awards, and two judges, Nicola Clarke and Rodger Tait from the Heart of England in Bloom, were taken on a tour of the village to showcase Winshill's best displays. This included visits to the Bearwood allotments, Tower View School, Elizabeth Court and the Peace Wood.

Uttoxeter was awarded gold within the Town category, together with being named the Town category Winner.

Judges made a special mention to the 'established and beautiful' library garden and to the thriving farm and vegetable plots at Thomas Alleyne High School. The new Uttoxeter Leisure Centre Go Garden project was also recognised as contributing to the project's success.