Tameside wins gold in national Britain in Bloom
Press Release Date: 30 September 2010
Tameside’s highly impressive record of achievement in Britain in Bloom has blossomed into national success.
The borough, which had previously won the North West In Bloom large city category for five consecutive years in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition, was tonight (29 September) named national champion (city category) at the awards ceremony at the Centennial Centre, Birmingham, finishing ahead of Aberdeen, Islington, Northampton and Solihull.
And the council received further recognition by attaining the RHS Britain in Bloom Environmental Quality Award.
Judges Jeff Bates and Mark Wasilewski toured Tameside in August and visited several locations including Park Bridge Heritage Centre; Dukinfield Central Estate, King Street; and Armentieres Square in Stalybridge.
Cllr Jackie Lane, assistant executive member heritage and tourism, and head of Tameside in Bloom, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have done so well during my first year in charge. It makes me so proud. And I have to thank my predecessor, Cllr David Sweeton, for his efforts in the past.
“In Bloom is about so much more than just flowers. You are assessed on all the efforts you make to improve your environment and on the involvement of ordinary people.
“One of the strengths of Tameside in Bloom is the contributions made by residents and community groups. Without the driving force of the members of the public who take pride in their area we could never have achieved so much.”
Cllr Kevin Welsh, cabinet deputy and head of district assemblies, said: “This is testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff - from gardeners to litter pickers. It’s proof of our talent.”
Tameside was also home to a number of entries in the North West in Bloom neighbourhood awards: 25 were submitted this year, our highest number yet and more than double the 11 entries in 2009.