I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of Brownhills if I may, to those people who worked so very hard on the Brownhills in Bloom competition entry this year: to all those who helped, planted and laboured, and to human dynamo Diane Mansell from Walsall Council, praise is due, for Brownhills and Aldridge both won gold awards.
I know Brownhills isn’t often thought of as a handsome place, but the Brownhills in Bloom team did a great job; it’s so lovely to see all the planters and the work that’s gone into making the town centre that bit tidier and better looking.
Thanks to everyone involved, for doing us proud: this is what community is all about.
Dion’t forget the Aldridge in Bloom events too, running this weekend…
Walsall Council wrote:
Both Aldridge and Walsall celebrated a double victory today at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Heart of England in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Aldridge. Our green fingered volunteers have scooped Gold in the Urban Community category and have now been selected to go through to the national finals next year.
Other glories in the same category included an additional Gold for Brownhills as well as three silver gilt awards for Darlaston, Willenhall and Bloxwich – whilst in Pub and Gardens Category – Darlaston’s ‘Frying Pan’ also received a silver gilt.
Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture was also awarded a certificate of merit for her role in supporting green projects and regeneration in her ward of Bloxwich.
The prestigious regional event was held earlier today at the Church Rooms at Parish Church of Aldridge and attended by Walsall Council Leader, Councillor Sean Coughlan – and Town Mayor, Councillor Kath Phillips. Over 220 guests including regional and local Mayors and entrants from all over the Birmingham and the Black Country, Staffordshire Gloucestershire West Midlands attended. All of them in some way serve in public and civic life, or represent the voluntary sector and businesses communities in their home towns, villages and districts.
Today’s regional entrants had a nail biting couple of hours to find out who had had won in their respective categories. Praise was also heaped on volunteers from Walsall’s five district centres for working so tirelessly to get their patches up to competition standard for the RHS judges earlier in the year. This year there were 46 entries in the Urban Community category and Walsall’s Centres were up against stiff competition locally and from across the region.
Councillor Sean Coughlan, Leader at Walsall Council said;“I was delighted that the Royal Horticultural Society chose to host its regional event here in Aldridge. It’s been a fantastic day for Walsall and a brilliant turn out from all of the regional and local entrants as well as our dedicated volunteers.
“This is people and plant power in action. Wins like these are testament to brilliant District Centre Management and great Partnership working. Our volunteers have done us proud and this was reflected in our result. Also the hard work of Bloom groups all across the region was really in evidence, too – not just here in Walsall but all over the region because first impressions of urban communities really do matter.
Mike Soles, Chairman of the Aldridge Village Partnership said; “We are absolutely delighted to be representing our village, Walsall and the West Midlands in the national ‘In Bloom’ event next year. What a day it’s been for us! A Gold award in the Urban Community category is tremendously important for Aldridge. It shows that we care passionately about our community and that all the hard work that our volunteer gardeners, businesses and partners have invested to make our village ‘bloom’ reflects this. It also sends out a strong message to all that Aldridge is a safe and beautiful place to live and work. The award plays a part in ongoing regeneration and encouraging new businesses to the area.”
• RHS judges assessed the winning regional entries, not just on horticultural achievement, but evidence of a responsibility to the environment and a display of community participation.
Images kindly supplied by Brownhills Town Centre Partnership and posted on Facebook.