Andrew Mitchell MP has congratulated Sutton Coldfield in Bloom Working Group for their success in securing Gold status at this year’s ‘Heart of England In Bloom’ competition. Results were announced at an awards ceremony in Rugby.
The Royal Town entered the Small City category for the second year in a row and successfully built upon last year’s Silver honour to scoop the highly coveted Gold award.
The success follows months of hard work and enthusiasm from local green fingered residents, schools, community groups, volunteers and local businesses.
This year’s victory is testament to Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council’s efforts on local environmental issues and commitment to make the Town a leaner, greener and more vibrant place to live and work.
To prepare for the judges’ visit in July, a raft of events and initiatives took place including acorn planting at Boldmere Infant School with Eco Sutton, Spring Seminar, Clean and Green Group’s annual shows, painted rocks for Remembrance Sunday by Smilestones members, litter picks and a multitude of activities across the 10 town allotments.
Over the summer months, those who live and work in the Royal Town were treated to some stunning displays including hanging baskets and planters in each of the local centres, flower towers in the town centre, colourful floral displays at a number of traffic islands, bee-friendly zones, incredible wild flowers in Walmley and the breath-taking transformation of Vesey Gardens.
Commenting, Andrew Mitchell MP said: “I am delighted that our Royal Town has won a Gold award at this year’s Heart of England In Bloom competition. It is a fantastic achievement. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, local residents and businesses that put so much into the competition this year.
The competition helps to promotes civic pride, encourages regeneration, and addresses issues around the sustainability of our local environment. It is brilliant to see the Royal Town come together and for local people and businesses to champion our local neighborhood in such an environmentally friendly manner.
It has been lovely walking around the town over the summer and seeing such wonderful displays. I understand that plans are already underway to ensure that we retain the gold status for next year!”