Gold for Oadby & Wigston in East Midlands In Bloom competition

Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Flowers on display at South Wigston Community Garden

Oadby & Wigston has been awarded ‘Gold’ in the annual East Midlands in Bloom competition thanks to the dedicated efforts of community groups, volunteers and organisations across the borough.

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.

The East Midlands In Bloom judges toured the borough on a sunny July day to inspect the community’s efforts, deciding that the top ‘Gold’ award was deserved.

The judges official report reads: “The overriding impression is of a strong partnership between Pride of the Borough and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. Well done to this dedicated team including an army of volunteers and local businesses who are proud to pull together to make this borough a friendly, green and clean place to live and work.”

The visit took them to all corners of Oadby & Wigston and included stops at:

  • Peace Memorial Park
  • Blaby Road Park
  • Aylestone Lane Allotments
  • Nova Laboratories
  • Brocks Hill Country Park
  • Aigburth Care Home
  • University of Leicester Botanical Gardens.

East Midlands in Bloom encourages communities to pull together to improve their surroundings through the use of trees, flowers, shrubs and landscaping. The borough’s entry is well-supported by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC) and the award also considers whether the area is litter free and the sustainability of the wider environment.

Simon Lucas, Chairman of Oadby & Wigston Pride of the Borough, said: “People passionate about Oadby & Wigston invest a tremendous amount of spirit and effort throughout the year and especially for the East Midlands in Bloom competition and they can once again be proud of our gold award.

“We hope everyone in the borough has enjoyed the parks, green spaces, flowers, colour and displays through the summer months and also feel pride in the groups and organisations that pull together to help ensure Oadby & Wigston blooms so brightly every year.”

Oadby & Wigston councillor David Carter, who is heavily involved in the local preparation for East Midlands in Bloom, said: “This gold award is once again fully deserved and everyone that has taken part should be filled with pride.

“I’m fortunate to see first-hand the tremendous amount of work and dedication that goes into making our borough bright and beautiful every year and that’s down to the fantastic community spirit we have in Oadby & Wigston.”