Ilkeston is blooming marvellous

Patriotic floral display which bagged Ilkeston a silver award in East Midalnds in Bloom 2012.`
Patriotic floral display which bagged Ilkeston a silver award in East Midalnds in Bloom 2012.`

They attracted a lot of praise from ‘Tiser readers when they were first planted, but now Ilkeston’s patriotic floral displays have been handed an award.

East Midlands in Bloom judges deemed Erewash Borough Council’s displays on roundabouts in Ilkeston and Long Eaton, including at White Lion Square, worthy of a special award in this year’s competition for regional gardening excellence.

Ilkeston fared very well in the competition, winning the silver award in the Large Town category alongside Long Eaton.

The General Havelock in Stanton Road was given a Judges Award for its magnificent pub garden.

Erewash Borough Council picked up another award for having the ‘least littered environment’ in the East Midlands in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

And Long Eaton school was given a Judges Award for its eco-school garden.

The gold award winner in the Large Town category went to another Derbyshire town, Belper, which will now go on to battle it out in the national competition later this year.

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “The feelgood factor of this outstanding summer continues and I am sure residents of all ages will share our delight at the awards success for both Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

“This is the fourth successive year that both towns have secured winning ways, an outstanding achievement.

“My congratulations go to the council’s Bloom team who have worked so hard in the planning, developing and maintaining of our wonderful displays – while we must all rightly applaud the countless volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us to care for our environment and put the Pride in Erewash.”

More pictures in this week’s paper out Thursday