Congleton in Bloom has picked up a host of accolades, following the town’s most successful couple of days ever at the North West in Bloom Awards.
Congleton gained 12 awards, 10 of which were at the highly coveted Gold or Outstanding top level.
The main town entry received Gold for the 7th successive year, leading to Congleton being chosen to represent the North West’s towns in the Britain in Bloom national finals in 2018.
Chairman of Congleton In Bloom, Councillor David Brown, who attended the awards ceremony said: “This is a fantastic result for Congleton. So many people have worked hard to make the town look great. We were confident that we were at gold standard, but to win the group outright and be judged good enough to go back into the national competition is a massive honour.
"There are too many people to thank individually, but to all those who contributed, thank you so much for part you played in helping Congleton gain these prestigious awards. Absolutely FANTASTIC! This is great for the town!”
The In Bloom group has arranged a celebration event in the Town Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 15th November to thank the various groups, organisations and individuals who helped with the campaign. The Congleton In Bloom group, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, is also looking for more people to get involved and help with next year’s national and regional campaign.
Astbury St Mary’s Primary School pupils 6-year-old Katie Worswick and 5-year-old Katie Morris help plant winter tubs
24 youngsters from seven primary schools and a pre-school have already been helping the Congleton in Bloom team prepare for the 2018 campaign.
Green-fingered children from Astbury St Mary’s, Daven, Havannah, Quinta, Smallwood Academy, St Mary’s Roman Catholic school, Woodcock’s Well and New Life Pre-School planted 20 winter tubs with daffodil and tulip bulbs, pansies, polyanthus and skimmia, which will add splashes of colour to the Town Centre through the winter and spring.
Congleton Town Mayor, Cllr Charles Booth, came along with his young family to encourage the children at the plant-up. He said: “I would like to thank all the children and their helpers for making such a grand job of the town’s flower tubs.
"In Bloom is all about community involvement as well as horticultural excellence - and with the enthusiasm of our young people Congleton in Bloom should be in safe hands for many years to come!”