Organisers of the area’s entries into the East Midlands in Bloom competition are celebrating after another successful year.
Oakham picked up a gold award in the town category and Uppingham, which gained a silver gilt award, was named the joint winner of the small town category at the ceremony held at the Grand Central in Skegness yesterday.
Judges’ awards were also presented for Todd’s Piece New Landscape in Uppingham and for the success of external funding in Oakham.
Uppingham received more good news with The Falcon Hotel, in High Street East, being awarded the East Midlands in Bloom best hotel, pub garden or display accolade.
Oakham in Bloom vice-chairman Derek Bilby said: “We are top of the tree once again and we are all absolutely delighted about it.
“That is ten golds we have got in a row now and we were only one point off winning the category.”
Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery said: “We are elated. Uppingham has won its category and we were just three marks off gold.
“It was a double win with The Falcon Hotel taking gold.”
“This is the best we have done and next year we will be looking to go one better.
“I must thank Uppingham School. Without them we would not have been able to achieve half as much as we have. The school’s gardening department has supported us throughout the year.”
Bourne matched last year’s achievement by securing a silver gilt award and the new community orchard was given special praise, picking up a judges’ award at the ceremony.
Each of the entries was judged during July on horticultural expertise, the maintenance of the local environment and the involvement of all sectors of the local community.
Special awards were also presented to communities to highlight outstanding achievements in cleanliness, conservation, horticultural excellence, the best front garden and business premise.
Chairman of East Midlands in Bloom, Jeff Bates, said: “It is very pleasing to see that there is growing interest from communities to work together and improve quality of the environment where they live.
“The awards show that high standards are being maintained and there are many examples of projects that have delivered long lasting improvements.”