Cheshire In Bloom 2017

Award winners bring home an increased medal haul

In Bloom groups across Cheshire are celebrating after an award ceremony on Friday saw them recognised for their efforts in sprucing up towns and villages across the region.

Leading the pack is Congleton In Bloom which won the North West in Bloom Best Large Town category.

The town has won ‘Best Large Town’ in the North West for four out of the past five years, and will now go forward to represent the North West once again in the Britain in Bloom finals in 2018.

The announcement was made at the regional finals in Southport, and is particularly pleasing for the volunteers involved as 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Congleton in Bloom.

The town is also celebrating its best ever set of results in the It’s Your Neighbourhood North West finals – with six outstanding awards as well as one thriving and one aspiring.

Three of the town’s businesses also picked up a gold award for their contributions.

The group will be holding a thank you and celebration evening at Congleton Town Hall on Wednesday 15th November.

Meanwhile, Alderley Edge in Bloom was awarded a silver gilt award by the North West in Bloom judges.

This is a tremendous achievement, given that is only the village’s second year of entering the North West in Bloom competition.

There was further good news for the village, too, with a Level 4 award for the Chorley Hall Lane Allotment site in the Your Neighbourhood awards with the village site judged to be ‘thriving’.

Leslie Cox, chair of Alderley Edge In Bloom, commented: “Well done to all our volunteers, to the parish council for their help, to the residents of Alderley Edge who paid for the wonderful planters in the village, to the businesses who paid for hanging baskets and the bars and restaurants who continue to keep their part of the village litter free.”

The quality of the Alderley Edge entry received very favourable comments from the judges, with Kelvin Briggs commenting: “You only have to walk down London Road to see the colourful planters and hanging baskets brightening the village to see why.”

Regular litter picks and weeding parties have tidied up the shopfronts and pavements, creating a more pleasant environment for locals and visitors to Alderley Edge.

Leslie and the group hope to welcome more volunteers to carry on their good work in the village, and he said: “We encourage people to do whatever they can, our future success must come from the sum of many small parts.”

There are celebrations taking place in Wilmslow too, with the town bringing home its fourth gold award.

Wilmslow has scooped its largest haul of awards and accolades from the North West In Bloom judges this year, in fact.

No fewer than seven awards were collected throughout the two days of ceremonies in Southport.

On Thursday 2nd November, three Your Neighbourhood awards went to Wilmslow groups.

The Friends of the Carrs achieved the top tier of outstanding while the Chapel Lane Business Group and  Transition Wilmslow were both awarded the thriving tier for their work on Chapel Lane and in The Temp.

To cap this recognition, on Friday 3rd November, the work of Wilmslow Clean Team was rewarded with a highly commended certificate to acknowledge the contribution its members make to the general appearance of the town.

To follow the award last year to the Carters Arms, the judges gave a gold medal award to the Brew House and Kitchen.

And, not only did Wilmslow win its fourth gold award, but the town also achieved the Pride of Cheshire East Award – a prize made at the discretion of the Judges among every town entry in Cheshire East.

Ruth McNulty, chair of Edible Wilmslow In Bloom, commented: “The quality of our entries in various categories demonstrate the commitment and expertise among the business community, in the voluntary groups and in the strength of the community involvement around the town.

“As chair, a major part of our responsibility is to encourage activity, to know what is going on and to put the results in front of the judges.

“As the clutch of award certificates and the trophy for the Pride of Cheshire demonstrate all too clearly, the level of achievement and the standards attained are remarkable.

“I am so very proud to be a part of this initiative, which gives so much pleasure. I thank and congratulate everyone who contributes to this remarkable drive to make Wilmslow an even more pleasant place to live, work or visit.”

Also recognised at the event was the Knutsford In Bloom group and numerous others from across the county.

After all that excitement, there’s no time to rest!

Work has already begun on next year’s campaign in Congleton - with local school children heading to the town’s Polytunnels over the weekend to plant up winter tubs for the town centre.

We’ll update you on progress throughout the year here at So Cheshire.

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