Following the success in the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition Oadby and Wigston were asked to represent the region in the Small City category of the prestigious national Britain in Bloom Finals.
The judging took place back in August, when two Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges were taken on a tour of the Borough. This included visiting areas such as Peace Memorial Park, Brocks Hill Country Park and areas maintained by neighbourhood groups, concluding at the University Botanic Gardens. During this visit they met staff and various community groups.
The results of this day of judging were announced at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony held in LLandudno, North Wales on 27 October where the Borough was delighted to achieve a Silver Gilt award.
The other nominations in the Small City category were:
Bury - North West
Canterbury - South East
Colchester - Anglia
Derry City - Ulster
Kirkcaldy - Scotland
Newcastle-under-Lyme - Heart of England
On there visit to the Borough, the judges focussed on the three categories of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Within there final report the partnership working approach was picked out for particular merit: 'There is ample eveidence of strong partnerships between Pride of the Borough, the local Council and its members which will sensure a sustainable future for the campaign.'
Oadby & Wigston Brough Council would like to pay a big thank you to the Pride of the Borough members and all the community groups and volunteers who helped the Borough pick up this well-deserved and prestigious award.