Floral visit to Rugby as Heart of England in Bloom panel come to town

Cllr Dr Mark Williams (top) Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Sustainable Environment, shows In Bloom judges Micheal Garwood and Nicola Clarke the borough's unique floral Olympic Rings.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams (top) Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Sustainable Environment, shows In Bloom judges Micheal Garwood and Nicola Clarke the borough's unique floral Olympic Rings.

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RUGBY welcomed two special guests to the town earlier this month.

Staff from Rugby Borough Council gave the two judges from the regional Heart of England in Bloom panel a guided tour of the town - showing off the floral delights, and especially the Olympic-themed plantings.

The duo visited places such as the floral Olympic Rings outside Rugby School, the town centre, Caldecott Park and Brownsover Community School, before being taken to see work underway to build a BMX and skateboard track at Butler’s Leap.

The judges assessed Rugby’s displays against the criteria set aside for the small city category, and were particularly interested in the role of community groups and volunteers who help council staff throughout the year.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, portfolio holder for the sustainable environment, said: “The In Bloom competition is not just about attractive displays, though they are important, but also about how communities get involved and play their part. The judges were particularly impressed with how many residents and schools came out to see the Olympic torch, and how many schools, groups and individuals enter their gardens and premises in the local competition.

“I’m sure everyone in Rugby will be pleased with this year’s displays around the town and I hope the judges were equally impressed.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many shops and businesses in Rugby who support and sponsor Rugby in Bloom - without them the wonderful displays would not be possible.”