Green fingers strike gold as Rugby celebrates ten years In Bloom - The Rugby Observer

Green fingers strike gold as Rugby celebrates ten years In Bloom

Andy Morris 19th Sep, 2017   0

RUGBY struck gold for the tenth year in a row at the Heart of England in Bloom Awards.

Mayor Belinda Garcia collected the gold award in the small city category on behalf of the borough during a ceremony at Warwick Castle.

Rugby’s entry this year celebrated the 80th anniversary of Sir Frank Whittle successfully testing the first jet engine at the town’s British Thomson-Houston works.

Judges toured the borough in July, praising the floral displays in Caldecott Park and hanging baskets throughout the town centre.

They also commended Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and volunteers to maintain nature reserves at Swift Valley and Ashlawn Cutting, and the growing number of wildflower meadows across the borough.

Other highlights for the judges included the town’s celebration of its heritage, with the World Rugby Hall of Fame singled out for praise, and visits to Brownsover Community School and Rugby School.

While the town triumphed in the small city category, Hillmorton walked away with a silver award in the small town category.

RBC environment and public realm spokeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “The Heart of England in Bloom judges said Rugby ‘never fails to impress’ and we’re delighted to carry on our remarkable record of winning gold in the contest.

“In Bloom brings the whole community together, from businesses which sponsor floral displays to volunteers, schools, residents and community organisations.

“Together we help make Rugby a brighter, better places to live and I’d like to congratulate everyone who played a part in another golden year for the borough.”

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