Wins for Ilkeston and Long Eaton in East Midlands in Bloom contest

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Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.

News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced during the awards ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club yesterday.

Judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “It’s been a sensational summertime of colour in both our towns and now Erewash can celebrate once more as our medal winning record in this prestigious competition continues.

“We know young and old enjoy, in particular, our baskets and floral planting that bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feelgood factor.

“There is so much to be proud of in this wonderful borough – the magnificent flowers and planting schemes, our beautiful and much-loved parks, our allotments and the many residents, schools and businesses that take part to help us in this annual competition because they also care greatly about the appearance of their town.

“This week’s Bloom success is another good news milestone and thanks go to all those involved, from the council’s own parks teams through to the many residents, schoolchildren and local support groups who work with us.”