Oadby & Wigston’s blooming success recognised nationally

Published: Thursday, 23 February 2023

The borough has been chosen to progress to the national finals after striking ‘Gold’ at East Midlands in Bloom for the twelfth consecutive year, with judges to visit in the summer.

Britain in Bloom finalists are put forward from the 17 regional Bloom competitions, and Oadby & Wigston’s entry into last year’s East Midlands competition showcasing areas such as Brocks Hill Country Park, South Wigston Community Garden and the University of Leicester Botanical Gardens impressed so much that the borough was selected to represent the region in the national finals.

As well as horticultural excellence, the judges will also be assessing environmental responsibility and community participation. Winners will be revealed at a ceremony in the autumn.

The Oadby & Wigston entry is co-ordinated by Pride of the Borough, a group of individuals, civic societies, community action groups, neighbourhood groups, and councillors who all work together to encourage people to take a pride in the area. The entry is also supported by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (OWBC).

Simon Lucas, Chair of Pride of the Borough, said: “We are delighted that Oadby & Wigston has been chosen to represent the East Midlands on a national level in the face of such an outstanding standard of competition.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of Pride of the Borough, so to be recognised on this scale for our achievements really feels like a testament to the efforts that our community put in to not only to last year’s East Midlands in Bloom entry, but also the work that they have been putting in for the past two decades.”

Councillor David Carter, Chair of the Environment Working Group at OWBC, said “Thank you to all who are involved in supporting our entry.

“Without the commitment and enthusiasm of our community this fantastic achievement would be impossible. The strong partnership between Pride of the Borough and OWBC, as well as the dedicated army of volunteers and support of local businesses, was noted in the judge’s comments from East Midlands in Bloom.

“I believe these strong relationships throughout the community are the key to our success, and I wish our entry all the best in this year’s final!”