BELPER mayor Alan Cox is so very proud of the town, this week.
“It’s excellent news and it’s down to a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” he said this week,” he said.
“We have entered for years and have always got good results, but it’s always been the ambition of Cllr John Nelson, the leader of the council, to get gold.”
After winning gold twice in a row, Belper is now set to represent the East Midlands at the Britain in Bloom awards next year. “It’s not just buying loads of flowers and sticking them in the ground. You have to demonstrate that the whole community is involved. We have hanging baskets sponsored by traders and individuals and the same colour scheme through the town. It really is a communal effort. We took the judges to Belper Parks and to Meadow Court – retirement homes where the residents created a mass of colourful flowers.”
This year the theme was the town’s heritage with flowerbeds depicting cotton mills and scissors. Next year’s theme is the jubilee, which Cllr Cox confidently predicts will be a ‘wow.’
“We’re looking forward to a lot of exciting designs. We really want to do the town proud.”
Cllr John Nelson will be arranging a meeting for the competition soon.
Along with recognising the efforts of each community, a number of other special Bloom awards were also presented highlighting outstanding achievements in cleanliness, conservation, horticultural excellence, the best front garden, best school garden and business premise.
The regional competition is sponsored by Derbyshire Building Society and is part of the Britain in Bloom campaign supported by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 14, at the Parklands Leisure Centre, in Leicestershire.
Milford was awarded a silver medal for the Hopping Mill development’s design, layout and inclusion of heritage features and the well-maintained front gardens.