Rugby in Bloom Awards at garden centre

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RUGBY people who have helped brighten up the environment attended a presentation evening in the town last night (Wednesday).

The Rugby in Bloom awards presentation took place at Blooms Rugby Garden Centre on Wednesday where town Mayor Cllr Kathryn Lawrence was the special guest.

Carole Berry, manager of Blooms Rugby Garden Centre on Straight Mile in Bourton-on-Dunsmore, said: “We were delighted to host the awards ceremony at the garden centre and to welcome Cllr Lawrence.

“This year is the 23rd anniversary of Rugby in Bloom and we were thrilled to be part of it. This was the sixth year that we have provided the venue for the presentation evening.

“The guest speaker at the awards presentation was gardening expert, Nick Hamilton, son of the late Geoff Hamilton, who has been following in his father’s greenfingered footsteps at Barnsdale Gardens in Leicestershire.”

The aim of Rugby in Bloom is to encourage all sectors of the community to brighten up the environment with flowers. The awards evening was an invite-only event to celebrate the winners.

Carole added: “This year saw Rugby in Bloom celebrate both The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. To mark these events, there were two new categories for 2012 only, which were ‘Best Olympic Display’ and ‘Best Diamond Jubilee Display’.”

Other judging categories include allotments, environmental and community entries, floral container, pubs and hotels, schools, shops and small & large gardens. There were various trophies and prizes awarded for all of the categories.

Carole continued: “Music was provided by a live band from the area. We also provided a buffet for the invited guests during the evening.

“Rugby in Bloom is organised by Rugby Borough Council and every year invites entries into the competition from schools, voluntary organisations, businesses and local residents.

“The campaign relies heavily on local business support and Rugby Borough Council is extremely grateful for all the backing they receive.”