Belper wins gold!

Belper townsfolk can celebrate after being awarded best large town in the East Midlands Britain in Bloom competition.

It means it is now in contention to win Britain in Bloom, which is set to be announced on October 6 at St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Jeff Bates, Chair of East Midlands in Bloom says: “This year the grey skies and prolonged periods of heavy rain caused a number of problems to Bloom groups. Regardless of the weather, high standards were still maintained and there were lots of excellent examples showing communities working together to bring long lasting improvements to their area.”

The haul of awards this year includes 12 Gold, 17 Silver, 15 Silver Gilt, 9 Bronze and 2 Certificates of Achievement.

Special Awards are also presented to communities to highlight outstanding achievements in cleanliness, conservation, horticultural excellence, the best front garden, best school garden and business premise.

The competition is organised by volunteers and various categories are sponsored by East Midlands based businesses that provide support the competition. Already a number of new communities have already shown keen interest in the 2013 competition.

East Midlands in Bloom also seeks to encourage school children of all ages to take an active interest in their local environment by promoting a painting and a digital photography competition.