Royal Sutton Coldfield has received a Silver Gilt award for its 2018 entry into the Heart of England in Bloom.
The announcement was made at an event in Burton upon Trent on 20th September.
This was the first year the Royal Town has entered Heart of England In Bloom. Judges came to Sutton Coldfield in July and spent a morning viewing the town’s heritage treasures, horticultural gems and floral features including Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Park, a popular allotment site, a school garden and New Hall Mill along with local shops and businesses.
Councillor Terry Wood chaired the Sutton in Bloom Working Group and attended the presentation event. He commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for a first time entry. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved by all parts of our community, for the RHS Heart of England Bloom Competition.
“The amount of hard work and effort that had been put into our first Sutton in Bloom entry was clearly visible in the displays throughout the Royal Town. We were able to give the judges a real taste of our parks and gardens, woodland and heritage sites. I was really pleased with the displays in the Town Hall which greatly impressed the judges.
“The Silver Gilt award is a reflection of the relationships developed and the goodwill formed amongst volunteers, residents, community groups, schools and businesses within the community to help each other achieve this. I look forward to 2019, when I hope we can build on the success and lessons of 2018. I’d love to aim for a Gold!”
Britain in Bloom goes far beyond being a floral competition; it makes a major contribution to promoting the local economy and increasing civic pride. The judges base their marking on horticultural achievements, environmental responsibility and community involvement.