Bloom's big day
Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society visited Mansfield on Tuesday 15 July to assess how the district has fared in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
The district has been a hive of activity over the last few months with Mansfield District Council staff, community groups, businesses and volunteers working away like busy bees to transform the district into a floral haven.
The judging took place between 9.30am and 1.15pm. During this time, the judges visited the town centre to see the many and varied floral displays on offer there.
They are not only looking for pretty petals though, with cleanliness of the streets and condition of street furniture also on the judging criteria.
They met the volunteers at Mansfield's Get Active Community Allotment plot and friends' groups and local schoolchildren at the district's parks and local nature reserves, including: Titchfield Park, Carr Bank Park and Oak Tree Heath Local Nature reserve to see at first hand the work carried out by members of local community groups in keeping the district's green spaces clean, tidy and litter free.
Last year, Mansfield won the small cities category of the East Midlands in Bloom competition and this success has enabled the district to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition; judging for this takes place in mid August.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, who accompanied the judges on their tour, is confident about Mansfield's chances: "Mansfield in Bloom is a wonderful event, which brings the community together."
"There has been a tremendous amount of work carried out in the last few months – not only by the District Council but also by community groups, local businesses and volunteers and I am proud of the work carried out by all of them and would personally like to thank them for the hard work and commitment to the cause."
"The weather was magnificent. The judges were able to see Mansfield looking its green, clean best and hopefully, this will be reflected in the result of the competition."
The results of the competition will be announced on Wednesday 10 September during a ceremony at the Council House in Nottingham.