Rugby scoops gold at Britain in Bloom awards

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Hard work has paid off once again for Rugby as the town won gold in the Britain in Bloom awards last night (Friday).

The 72 Britain in Bloom finalists were vying for gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medals at the awards ceremony in Birmingham.

Rugby represented the Heart of England region and was one of only seven areas from across the UK chosen to compete in the Small City category of the awards.

A team of RHS judges travelled to the town back in the summer and assessed the floral efforts against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and of course, horticultural achievement.

Chairman of the UK Judging Panel, Roger Burnett said: “This has been a truly outstanding year for Britain in Bloom with local communities devoting tremendous amounts of time and effort into greening grey areas and sharing the many health and social benefits of horticulture.

“The judges were very impressed by the way communities refused to let the many challenges they faced hold them back. The finalists’ desire and determination to make their environment as green and pleasant as possible was truly humbling.

“We as judges are privileged to have a front row seat to see Britain in Bloom volunteers change the lives of thousands through their work. And it’s fitting that their efforts are recognised and celebrated.”

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, added: “Rugby has deservedly built an excellent reputation for the quality of its public spaces, both through the green flag awards and the In Bloom competitions.

“This simply isn’t possible without the support of the individuals and communities who take part in Rugby in Bloom, and I would like to thank each and every one for their contribution.

“This gold award is an outstanding achievement - I am thrilled that the council has received this award on behalf of the town and the communities we serve.”