We've bloomin' won!
Friday 13th September 2007
There were celebrations in Mansfield yesterday as the district was named winner of the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
The District Council entry beat off competition in the 'Small City' category from rivals Oadby and Wigston and Chesterfield, and was presented with a Silver Gilt award.
Judges visited Mansfield on 9th July and were taken on a tour of the district, taking in various parks, local nature reserves, community projects and flower displays along the way. They were particularly impressed with the high standard of floral displays despite this year's bad weather, as well as the community involvement in the area, the cleanliness of the town centre, recycling initiatives, and the commitment of the district to Mansfield in Bloom.
As well as helping Mansfield to top its category, Ransom Wood Business Park was also given an extra 'Judges Award' for innovative design and management to achieve sustainability in a commercial park.
Warsop, which made an entry supported by Mansfield District Council, came second out of three entrants in the 'Urban Community' category and gained a Silver award. Alan Saxton, who is treasurer of the group, also got a Judges Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Warsop In Bloom group.
The Mansfield District Council nursery had even more success, helping 'Towns' category winner Buxton by supplying their hanging baskets. The Council nursery supplies flowers for displays to several other local authorities throughout the region.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, said:
"Seeing the district in full bloom this year, I'm not surprised we've won East Midlands in Bloom. A lot of hard work from council staff, members of the community and business people has gone into making this year's bid successful, and it couldn't have come at a better time, as this year we hosted the awards.
"This was a great opportunity to showcase some of the very positive things we have in Mansfield and winning this competition is something that every person in the district should be proud of. Well done to everyone who worked hard to make Mansfield successful and fingers crossed for next year's Britain in Bloom."