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Malvern and Upton scoop gold award in Heart of England In Bloom awards
11:04am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
MONTHS of nervous waiting ended in another goldrush for Malvern and Upton-upon-Severn as they once again came up trumps at the Heart of England in Bloom awards.
Yesterday’s presentation ceremony at Drayton Manor Hotel, in Tamworth, saw prestigious gold awards handed out to the Malvern and Upton in Bloom teams for their fantastic floral displays.
Upton was also named the overall winner in the “large village” category, while judges were so impressed by Malvern’s efforts that it has been invited to enter the national Britain in Bloom competition for the first time.
Malvern in Bloom chairman John Jordan is “over the moon” at the town’s latest triumph – the sixth year in a row it has claimed a gold award.
“It recognises all the effort from every single person involved, all the shops and businesses who have their own hanging baskets and all the people who keep their gardens so neat and tidy,” he said.
“The judges see it all as we travel around the town and it reflects on the fantastic community spirit we have here in Malvern.
“The invitation to the national competition is something we have always aspired to. It is a tremendous opportunity and something the whole town can be very proud of. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this success in however large or small a way.”
The celebrations for Upton’s 10th gold award in a row were tinged with sadness for Upton in Bloom chairman Jackie Surtees.
She has been a the forefront of the group’s efforts since it first formed in 2004 but will be standing down at its annual general meeting later this year.
“I’m ever so pleased with the result. Even after all these years my stomach was still churning before the announcement,” she said. “I’m really pleased for the town and for the volunteers who give up their time tirelessly. This success is down to a lot of hard work by just a few people.
“I will miss it for certain but it is nice to go out on a high and also that a lot of people have said that the displays have been our best ever this year.”
Near-neighbour Ledbury continues to plough a rich furrow of In Bloom success, scooping gold for the seventh consecutive year and there were also successes for Bromyard, which won silver-gilt in the small town category and Pebworth, in the Cotswolds, which won silver-gilt in the village category.
The Heart of England in Bloom campaign is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and encourages communities to work together to improve and enhance their local environment.
Heart of England In Bloom chairman Mike Garwood said: “Everyone is proud to be involved with In Bloom, which is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe, and even more so when they receive their prestigious awards.”
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