Everything comes up roses!
Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society were given a whistle-stop tour of Mansfield on Friday (17 July), to assess how the district has fared in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
Last year, Mansfield won Gold in the small category of the competition and over the past few months, Mansfield District Council staff, local businesses, residents and volunteers have been working hard to transform the district into a floral haven.
The judging began at Titchfield Park at 8.45am, where, amongst other features, judges Jeff Bates and Debbie Scott were able to see the flowerbed designed and planted by pupils from King Edward Primary School.
From there, they visited Mansfield town centre where, as well as the many floral displays on offer, they will be treated to a well-loved Mansfield delicacy from yesteryear: the gooseberry pork pie!
They will also went to Carr Bank Park, where they found out about the District Council's achievements in the areas of street care (in 2008/09, 91% of the district's streets were free of litter) and recycling (in 2008/09, the district's domestic recycling rate was 38%, compared with 27% in 2007/08).
The judges also saw the Get Active Community Allotment at Barratts Field, off Chesterfield Road South, where they saw the work carried out by the Get Active and Active Choices groups to get fit and grow healthy produce, and met local volunteers from the friends' groups at Peafield Park and Oak Tree Heath Local Nature Reserve.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton accompanied the judges on their tour of the district. He said: "Mansfield in Bloom is a wonderful annual event because it not only ensures that our district is vibrant and full of colour but also brings our community together."
"I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the members of the District Council's staff and to all of the residents and volunteers who have worked extremely hard over the last few months and to all of the local businesses who have sponsored floral displays."
"Last year we won Gold and our district is certainly looking its clean, green best at the moment, so I hope this will be reflected in the results of the judging."
Mansfield in Bloom is an annual event led by Mansfield District Council in conjunction with local schools, partners, businesses, residents and community groups across the district and forms Mansfield's entry to the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition.