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We’ve blooming done it again!

Press Release   •   Oct 31, 2012 10:11 GMT

Bury has blooming done it again and won a handful of trophies in this year’s North West in Bloom awards.

For the ninth year in a row, Bury has won Gold and the Best Large Town/Small City category, while Radcliffe won Gold for the second year in a separate category.

In the discretionary awards, Bury and Radcliffe shared the Environmental Award for Local Authorities while Bury won Best Town Centre.

Bury was also nominated to represent theNorth Westin the national finals inBritainin Bloom in 2013.  

The borough’s civic success was echoed by the many individuals, businesses and community groups who also triumphed at the awards.

* Kevan and Pauline Eastham fromStainton Road, Radcliffe wonBestPrivateGardenin theNorth West.

* In the “It’s your Neighbourhood Awards” there were four neighbourhood groups who have worked together to improve their local environment – the Friends of Abbey Close/Melrose Gardens received a Level 4 ‘thriving’ award, as did the Friends of Stainton Lodges. Walnut Allotment Association achieved a Level 3 ‘developing’ award, as did Stock Street Residents.

* Community groups and schools involved in Bury and Radcliffe in Bloom included: the Rotary Club of Radcliffe; Rotary Club of Tottington & Bury West; The Fusiliers; Bury Parish Church; Bury Soroptomists; Radcliffe Townswomen’s Guild; various ‘Friends of’ park groups; Abbeyfield Home; Guardian Angels Woodies, Bury Grammar School (Girls); and St Mary’s RC Primary School.    .

* Huge support came from businesses including: the Mill Gate; Summerseat Garden Centre; Moorgate Kitchens; The Rock; Elton Bullitt Taxis; Microcare Systems; Superior Signs; Lancashire Fitted Bedrooms & Kitchens; Bury It Direct; the East Lancashire Railway; Metrolink; The Village Hotel; McDonald’s; the East Lancs Crematorium; Radcliffe Waste Disposal site; and Radcliffe Police.

TheNorth Westin Bloom judges were particularly complimentary of the levels of sustainable planting in Radcliffe and the cleanliness of the town centre. In Bury, the judges were really impressed with the levels of sponsorship, community involvement and the sponsored feature displays.

Bury Council is praising local residents, schools, businesses and community groups for getting behind this year’s campaign and for helping to win yet another clutch of awards.

Councillor Jane Lewis, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “This is another brilliant result for Bury and the community. Huge thanks must go to everyone who has done their bit to help keep our borough blooming, from our workforce to all our volunteers and residents, from community groups and schools to local businesses whose generous sponsorship is invaluable in helping to keep our town looking at its best for residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

To get involved with hands-on support for either Bury or Radcliffe in Bloom or to discuss high profile sponsorship opportunities phone 0161 253 5266 or e-mail parks.countrside@bury.gov.uk.

ENDS

Press release issued: 31 October 2012.

Picture attached: The Mayor of Bury, Cllr Joan Grimshaw, meets the judges as they look roundWhiteheadGardens.