Towns celebrate success in East Midlands in Bloom awards

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THERE were celebrations this morning (Wednesday) as the East Midlands in Bloom awards were announced.

Oakham won gold and was the winner in the town category, while Uppingham picked up a silver gilt and was the winner in the small town category.

The community of Uppingham also received a special judges award and the floral displays around Oakham Library received a judges award, when the winners were unveiled during a ceremony at Springfields Festival Gardens in Spalding.

The Oakham in Bloom committee has improved the library display by adding a peacock sculpture.

Bourne once again picked up a silver gilt in the town category and the Willoughby School in South Road, Bourne, received a special judges award.

And Deeping St James won a silver in the small town category with the volunteers at Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve receiving a judges award.

There was also a discretionary award for Deeping Lakes for the best wildflower and conservation area.

There were 55 entrants in the competition from across the East Midlands.

Jeff Bates, chairman of East Midlands in Bloom, said: “This year the grey skies and prolonged periods of heavy rain caused a number of problems to bloom groups.

“Regardless of the weather, high standards were still maintained and there were lots of excellent examples showing communities working together to bring long lasting improvements to their area.”