Flower power as Mansfield takes Gold!
Mansfield is celebrating after securing gold in the Small Cities category of the East Midlands in Bloom awards at a ceremony held in Cleethorpes today.
Mansfield was judged to be of Gold medal standard by Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Although the district came second in the Small Cities category, we did beat our local rivals, Chesterfield, who were awarded Silver-Gilt for their efforts.
Volunteers from Oak Tree SAFE were handed a Judges' award for the high standard of the management of conservation and biodiversity at Oak Tree Heath, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the nationally important lowland heathland and acid grassland habitats.
The group have organised many events in the last year including winter tree dressing, winter wildlife and a Local Nature Reserve celebration.
They hold task days every Wednesday morning and volunteers come from around the area to learn skills. Four of these volunteers have gone on to find work after volunteering at the Heath.
The RHS judges were given the opportunity to meet these volunteers as well as representatives of the other Friends of the Parks and Local Nature Reserves groups during their whistle-stop tour of the district in July.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, commented: "I am delighted that Mansfieldhas once again been judged to be of Gold medal standard by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society .
"Although it is slightly disappointing not to have come first in the category; this result is a testament to the hard work put in by our marvellous parks staff, who work tirelessly for months planning and developing floral displays across the district.
"Bloom is though, a real community effort, which not only makes the district look bright and cheerful but also increases our civic pride and could not be achieved without our splendid volunteers in the Friends of the Parks and Local Nature Reserves.
"I send my special congratulations to the Oak Tree SAFEvolunteers on their Judges' Award."
Councillor Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, added: "I am delighted that we have taken Gold again in the East Midlandsin Bloom awards and I would like to send my thanks to the Parks staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication."