Flower Power: Silver-Gilt success for Mansfield
Mansfield has scooped a Silver-Gilt medal in the prestigious Britain in Bloom Competition.
This is a hat-trick of awards from the RHS following on from the Silver-Gilt award for Mansfield's entry into the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park and the Gold medal in the regional East Midlands in Bloom awards.
The results were announced in a ceremony at Chester Racecourse yesterday evening presented by well-known television presenter and gardener, Chris Beardshaw.
Judges from the Royal Horticultural society visited the district in August and were given tour of the district's parks and open spaces, including Mansfield's three Green Flag award winning Titchfield, Carr Bank and Peafield Parks and the many displays and hanging baskets in the town centre.
The theme of this year's competition was Local Roots and Mansfield was also a finalist for the RHS Britain in Bloom Community Award.
During their tour; the judges were able to meet and see the work of the Friends of the Parks and Local Nature Reserves groups.
They were impressed with the community participation and valuable contribution to improving the atmosphere of the district, singling the volunteers at Oak Tree Heath for particular praise.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, who was at the awards ceremony, commented: "As Executive Mayor, I have been involved at all stages of Mansfield's Britain in Bloom entry; visiting the Nurseries in May and accompanying the judges on their tour of the district in August."
"I have been thoroughly impressed of the dedication shown by the staff in the District Council's Parks Department and my sincere thanks go to them for all their hard work."
"Coming second in our category at our first attempt in the national competition is no mean feat. The RHS do not give awards lightly; this Silver-Gilt medal is a tremendous achievement – a reflection of how the Council Parks Department has worked with the "Friends" groups to make our District one we are justly proud of."