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Borough wins gold and silver in North West in Bloom awards

North West in Bloom judges awarded a gold award for a whole borough entry including Chester in the Large City category and the Local Authority Large Parks gold medal award to Marbury Park.

The North West in Bloom awards ceremony held at the Northwich Memorial Hall this week also presented silver awards to Alexandra Park, Hoole and Grosvenor Park, Chester.  

In a separate event held at Little Sutton Community Centre. Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom judges, Bernard Pendleton and Neil Harvey presented awards to Ellesmere Port in Bloom. Awards included a silver for the Ellesmere Port Town entry and a Royal Horticultural Society Certificate of Distinction special award for Trees of Climate, Ellesmere Port.

This is the result of the hard work of many groups and volunteers across the borough being recognised by the North West in Bloom judges who visited the area during the summer.

Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: “I’m delighted the Council was able to support this year’s entry into the North West in Bloom competition and I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks and warmest congratulations to all the volunteers involved in improving their community and bringing people together to make a positive change to the place they live, work or spend their leisure time.

“This has been a fantastic achievement and we can celebrate the achievements of organisations and community groups across Cheshire.  There were so many exciting projects, activities, locations, developments and future plans included in our portfolio and at the judging days, it was difficult to decide what to include.  We were very proud of what we were able to show the judges the results reflect the hard work of everyone involved in this year’s entries.

“Throughout the pandemic we have seen how our green spaces and parks contribute to our wellbeing.  We will need to work even more closely with our residents, partners and businesses to build strong, resilient communities in the months and years ahead.  Together, we can ensure our borough continues to thrive, long into the future and the results this week can be built upon to further improve our natural environment.”

The results

Large City - Gold Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS Chester City Centre / Cheshire West and Chester Council

Local Authority Parks large - Gold Medal Award
North Westin Bloom with the RHS – Marbury Park

Local Authority Parks small - Silver Gilt Medal Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS – Alexandra Park, Hoole

Local Authority Park Small - Silver Gilt Medal Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Grosvenor Park Chester 

Large Town – Silver Gilt Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Northwich In Bloom

Silver Gilt Award 
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Northwich Town Centre Bid 

2021 Award for Outstanding Contribution
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Grosvenor Park Volunteers 

2021 Award for Outstanding Contribution
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Friends of Anderton and Marbury County Park Volunteers (FOAM)

Large Town - Silver Award
Ellesmere Port in Bloom

Special Awards

2021 Best Environmental Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Marbury Park, Northwich

2021 Award for Outstanding Contribution
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Friends of Anderton and Marbury Country Park Volunteers

2021 Best New Landscape Award
North West in Bloom with the RHS - City Forest Garden Chester 

2021 Award for Commercial Effort
North West in Bloom with the RHS - Cheshire Oaks

2021 Environmental Award for Schools
North West in Bloom with the RHS Kingsmead Primary School, Northwich

National Certificate of Distinction
Royal Horticultural Society - Trees for Climate Ellesmere Port 

In your Neighbourhood Awards

Level 1 Establishing
North West in Bloom with the RHS Friends of Greenbank Station

Level 5 Outstanding
North West in Bloom with the RHS Transition Northwich Rods Secret (Community) Garden 

Level 3 Advancing
North West in Bloom with the RHS Transition Northwich Dane Valley Community Orchard

Level 2 Improving
Stanford Street Allotments Sensory Garden
 
Level 3 Advancing
Friends of Wolverham Community Centre

Level 5 Outstanding
Friends of Elm Grove Community Park 

Level 5 Outstanding
Trinity Methodist Church Ellesmere Port

Level 5 Outstanding
Bridge Community Wellness Gardens , Ellesmere Port

Pictured - Mark Brazil (Head of Environmental Services), Bernard Pendleton (Chair of NWIB) and Councillor Shore.

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