Gold for Oadby & Wigston at East Midlands In Bloom awards

Published: Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The hard work and dedication of community groups, volunteers and organisations across Oadby & Wigston has secured gold for the borough in the East Midlands in Bloom awards.East Midlands in Bloom judges enjoy the Victorian Garden at Wigston Framework Knitters Museum

It is the eleventh consecutive year of competition that Oadby & Wigston has been awarded the top honour in the ‘Small City’ category.

The annual Oadby & Wigston entry is co-ordinated by Pride of the Borough, a group of individuals, friends of parks, civic societies, community action groups, neighbourhood groups, councillors and council officers, who all work together to encourage people to take a pride in the area.

East Midlands in Bloom encourages communities to pull together to improve their surroundings through the use of trees, flowers, shrubs and landscaping. It also considers whether the area is litter free and the sustainability of the wider environment.

Judges visited the borough earlier this summer to inspect the community’s efforts and has recently announced the gold award.

Simon Lucas, Chairman of Oadby & Wigston Pride of the Borough, said: “We are thrilled to maintain this top level of achievement and especially so in this period with so many challenges that has impacted on group activities. It is a testament and true reward to the hard work of all those involved”.

Oadby & Wigston councillor David Carter, who is heavily involved in the local preparation for East Midlands in Bloom, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved with Pride of the Borough and all the members of our community that take pride in where they live and make it look stunning for the judges every year.

“Securing the gold award requires a large number of people to pull together, investing time and effort into their community, and that commitment has been recognised.”