Southport’s Gold Award
Southport has triumphed in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition by scooping a Gold award.
The resort also took the top honour in the Coastal Town (over 12 thousand residents) category at a special awards ceremony held at Edgbaston Cricket Club, Birmingham.
Representatives from the Royal Horticulture Society run the awards and visited the resort earlier in the year. It is the first time Southport has won the large coastal town category since 2002 and beat off competition from Bournemouth, Great Yarmouth and St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said: “This really is fantastic news and I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers, community groups, Friends of Groups, partner organisations and businesses that have worked tirelessly to achieve such an amazing result.
“For us the Britain In Bloom competition is a real team celebration. It has been a lot of hard work but I am sure everyone will agree it was worth it.
“Over recent years Sefton has had the pleasure to work closely with so many In Bloom volunteers who have worked extremely hard to help bring about important and visible improvements to the environmental aspect and horticultural landscape of Southport, which have resulted in this fantastic result.
“The community and volunteer commitment towards In Bloom is magnificent and Sefton thanks everyone for all the volunteer hours they have and continue to contribute.”
Judges look into three key areas: Community, Environment, and Horticulture. In the Community section they said: ‘The high levels of partnership working between the council and the community was exhibited at nearly all sections of the tour. It was a fine example of how this partnership approach can work throughout a community.’
Pauline Morris (Lord Street in Bloom/Barford House) also won a Britain in Bloom RHS Community Champion Discretionary Award.
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