Silver award is a bloomin’ great achievement

Janine Morris and Roddy Maclean celebrate Buxton in Bloom's silver gilt award in the East Midlands competition
Janine Morris and Roddy Maclean celebrate Buxton in Bloom's silver gilt award in the East Midlands competition

Buxton made a triumphant return to the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition by scooping a silver gilt for its efforts.

The town bagged silver status in the annual competition – after a five-year break from entering.

Megan Finney, aged 11, who was the winner of the art prize at East Midlands in Bloom for her age class. Photo contributed.

Megan Finney, aged 11, who was the winner of the art prize at East Midlands in Bloom for her age class. Photo contributed.

Other winners included the Serpentine Project, which picked up a judges award, and Haddon Hall, which received a silver gilt for Best Retail and Commercial Premises.

Buxton Junior School pupil Megan Finney, 11, also bagged first prize in her age group for the Children’s Art 
competition.

An awards ceremony was held in Nottingham last week to formally congratulate the winners.

The bid for a title started in February, when Buxton Town Team backed the town’s return to the competition.

Janine Morris, of Buxton Town Team, said she was shocked and overwhelmed by their success.

She said: “Buxton hasn’t entered the competition since 2009 and it was about time we got involved again.

“We weren’t expecting our first year back to be such a success, but I couldn’t be happier.

“The community really pulled together and everyone pitched in. As a team, we are so proud of the effort that the town as a whole put in. It’s fantastic!

“I hope that we can work hard to achieve the same success next year. If anyone would like to get involved or join the group and start planning for next year then we would love to hear from them.”

The Bloom judges inspected the appearance and facilities during a two-hour tour of the town in the summer, which included visits to Cote Heath Allotments, Sparrow Park, Spring Gardens, St John’s Church, Poole’s Cavern and the Pavilion Gardens.

The judges were also introduced to ongoing community projects such as the bid to return the Serpentine Nursery back into community use.

The annual competition is organised by the East Midlands in Bloom regional committee.

For more information, visit bloom@buxtontownteam.org.