Ilkeston folk are officially blooming marvellous after the town won silver in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.
The town achieved its best ever scores in the annual horticultural competition – as did its neighbour Long Eaton.
The towns retained their highly-prized Silver Gilt medals in the coveted Large Town Category when the results were announced at a ceremony in Lincolnshire earlier this month.
Impressed judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s new barrier baskets at traffic islands, the quality of hanging baskets and floral bedding displays as well as the cleanliness of the borough.
Cllr Mike Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure, said: “My congratulations go the council’s ‘bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring Erewash is clean and welcoming.
“This is the fifth successive year that both towns have been successful, an outstanding achievement.
“We are also very grateful to the volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
Special Judges Awards went to the Friends of Straw’s Bridge for their dedication to the nature reserve and to Long Eaton Horticultural Society for their design and maintenance of the Long Eaton library grounds.
And Chaucer Junior School in Cranmer Street won a Silver Gilt award for its school garden and grounds.