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Shropshire celebrating England in Bloom successes (13th September 2013)

Shropshire celebrating England in Bloom successes

Shropshire is celebrating golden glory in this year's Heart of England in Bloom competition.

Andrew Ryder and Chris Rawlings admire some of the floral displays at Bridgnorth Castle today
 
Several towns and villages in the county were told today they had won top prizes in the annual competition.

Among the pick of the bunch was Norton In Hales which won a gold award and the category of best village.

Bridgnorth won a gold award and the category of best town. Both have been nominated for the 2014 Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

Also celebrating today is the village of Claverley which won a gold award and in the south of the county Ludlow was celebrating winning a gold award in the town category.

Oswestry was also celebrating today after being informed it had won a gold award in the town category.

And in the small city section, Shrewsbury was given a gold award and named as joint category winner along with Tamworth.

The announcements were made at an award presentation held at Drayton Manor Hotel at Tamworth, attended by more than 200 guests.

The Heart of England in Bloom Awards is part of the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom Campaign

Entrants in the contest had been patiently waiting since July for the results following visits to their respective towns and villages by competition judges.

Chairman of Heart of England in Bloom Mike Garwood said: "Everyone is proud to be involved with In Bloom which is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe and even more so when they receive their prestigious awards."

Heart of England in Bloom is the regional element of the Britain in Bloom Campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society which encourages communities to work together to improve and enhance their local environment.

The judges are not only looking for horticultural achievement when they visit but take into consideration a responsibility for the environment and a display of community participation.

The Heart of England in Bloom region covers a wide area from Gloucestershire to North Staffordshire and includes Birmingham and the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire