Congleton was one of only four large towns to scoop a gold medal at this year’s Britain in Bloom awards (the others being Truro, Durham and Perth) at a ceremony held in Bristol.
The town was ‘pipped to the post’ when it came to winning Best Large Town in the UK, but represented the North West admirably in the highly competitive large town category.
Ultimately it was Truro in Cornwall who walked away with the overall win, while Durham in Northumbria and Perth in Scotland were also given gold medals.
Congleton Mayor Cllr Denis Murphy said: “It was a real honour and privilege to represent the North West in Britain in Bloom. Being part of this prestigious national competition has been great for Congleton and our town really has bloomed this summer!
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for all the hard work that has gone into the campaign. We are absolutely thrilled to win gold! This is the highest award that Congleton has ever achieved at this level.”
The judges were full of praise for Congleton’s entry, particularly in mentioning: the strong team spirit, the sense of community, the use of bears, the ‘delightful’ Astbury Mere Country Park, the extensive use of the anniversary golden theme and the horticultural initiatives and achievements in the schools. The image above can be seen in 'real life' in Congleton Park, just in front of the Pavilion.
The judges are said to believe that there is every chance that Congleton could go on to be a champion in the future, although news on whether or not Congleton will go forward to the Britain in Bloom competition next year will depend on the results on the North West in Bloom competition.
The results of this competition will be announced on Friday 24th October, with a number of other Cheshire towns and villages also anxiously awaiting results!
Congleton won last year’s North West in Bloom, and therefore represented the region at the prestigious national awards this year.
Cllr Murphy added: “Getting gold standard is a massive achievement and I would like to thank everyone involved – from the tots at pre-school planting sunflowers to retired people helping community gardens. We are very proud to be a Britain in Bloom gold standard finalist in 2014.”
Work is underway on the “In Bloom 2015” campaign in Congleton already, with the schools starting to plant up winter pots this weekend!
We wish all Cheshire towns participating in the RHS competitions every success - and will share news on their success with you as soon as we hear it!