Cheshire East Council is urging gardeners and green-fingered enthusiasts to dig deep next spring and help the Borough to blossom in next year’s Britain in Bloom and North West in Bloom competitions.
The clarion call for the big push follows some great successes at this year’s regional awards, crowned by Congleton’s victory in the ‘best large town’ category
Beartown, as it is known, will now represent the North West in the national awards next year.
With hanging baskets, tubs, flower beds and floral displays turning the town into a blaze of colour last summer, the judges also chose Congleton for the ‘pride of Cheshire East’ award and overall winner in the environmental category.
Other winners included Alsager’s railway station, Knutsford town centre and Wilmslow’s Incredible Edible group.
Patti Pinto, one of the organisers for Congleton in Bloom, said: “This is absolutely fantastic, not just for Congleton but also for the whole of Cheshire East.
“Anyone can garden and grow plants and if you think you can’t, then don’t be deterred – join in!
“Even if you haven’t got a garden, there is always a place to put a planter, a tub or a climber. We want to see more shops and businesses involved, care homes and pubs.
“Many do a great job already and are really enthusiastic but it would be good to see many more involved.”
Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is a fantastic show of results for the Borough and I am truly proud of our volunteers and communities who have put so much work into improving their environment, making our towns and villages attractive for residents and visitors.
“I am also especially pleased that as a Congleton resident, the town can now go forward to the national competition in 2016.
“What would be great next year is if more of our schools could get involved across the Borough.
“Some of our children showed great talent and imagination at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton in the summer, so I would encourage all our schools to get involved in this competition too.”
Trevor Leese, regional organiser North West in Bloom, Britain said: “We are so pleased that Cheshire East Council have supported this competition and as a result there has been an enormous increase in the numbers of communities in Cheshire taking part not only in the Britain in Bloom but in our small community competition the RHS ‘it’s your neighbourhood awards’
A further success for the Borough saw a gold medal awarded to The Swettenham Arms, the picturesque countryside public house near Holmes Chapel and silver gilt to the Queen’s Head in Congleton.