Blooming marvellous - Hillmorton gets silver award

The powerful Hillmorton War Memorial Somme tribute. NNL-160915-141829001
The powerful Hillmorton War Memorial Somme tribute. NNL-160915-141829001

There was a silver award and praise galore for Hillmorton in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.

The results were announced today, Thursday and Hillmorton in Bloom was handed a silver award in the small town category.

Judges Mark Wiltshire and Roger Bache issued a statement to accompany the award, saying: “The longest village green in the country was wonderfully clean and edged to perfection, grass cutting let the side down a little but the very small Village Green Association were in the hands of the town council and their cutting regimes.

“The only suburban main road into Rugby with numerous well planted bright hanging baskets lining the route, all the result of Bill Sewell’s tiny team managing to raise £1,500 sponsorship from local businesses.

“Good partnership work with them and other local groups the British Legion included and their unique manikin additions to the War Memorial.”

Other points of praise included:

- Evidence of leaf collection in the autumn and the subsequently composted material being used at local school.

- The individual and community gardens at Duffy Place.

- A litter, graffiti and dog foul free village green that is the backbone of this entry.

Areas suggested for improvement included:

- The village green is an excellent green open space that should be capable of holding many more community events that can raise funds for its ongoing maintenance.

- Perhaps an approach can be made to local youth groups, scouts or guides to help maintain areas such as Featherbed Park or maybe paint / renovate the village green sign.

There was also an encouragement for more volunteers to get involved.

The small town category winner was from Warwickshire, Studley in Bloom.