Anglia in Bloom had a silver lining for Leighton-Linslade as the town missed out on a coveted gold award.
As in 2012, the efforts of the town’s In Bloom committee resulted in a silver gilt gong in the small city category. Colchester took the gold with Stevenage also winning a silver gilt.
But the TACTIC Centre in Hockliffe Street beat off fierce competition to come out on top in the Best Young Person’s Project category.
In the biodiversity award, Clipstone Brook was nominated but Holt Island, St Ives triumphed.
In the grow you own award, Oakbank School was nominated but Guides Allotments, Halstead won.
In the best industrial/commercial area, the Off the Rails team was nominated for its work at the railway station, but the winner was the Flood Plain Garden at Notcutts Garden Centre, Woodbridge.
Rushmere Park was put forward in the best public open space section but that prize went to Belle Vue Park in Sudbury.
Bob Ollier Chairman of Anglia in Bloom said: “Following last years wettest and most difficult summer, we have been treated to one of the best growing summers in recent years, and all the judges reported marvellous summer displays across the Anglia region.
“The Anglia communities across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk & Suffolk have achieved some of the best blooming displays seen in recent years and should be justifiably proud.
“This year’s standards have gained new heights in awards achieved, the continued excellent community work, many resourceful projects and superb colourful displays have all added to standards raised above expectations, with 25 Gold, 22 Silver Gilt, 14 Silver and 2 Bronze awards.
“Continuing on from last year, the key to success has been community involvement where everyone pulls together, gets involved and then delivers, communities are also recognising the importance of sustainable displays coupled with good horticultural standards, delivering outstanding bedding displays, these are all achieved through the support from sponsors and community groups engaged across the region, who are all dedicated to enhancing their community within our prestigious environmental campaign.
“I wish to congratulate all the communities and neighbourhoods in the East of England, for the enthusiasm, commitment and effort made to improve, develop and sustain local environments across our region.”
Halstead picked up the honour of best overall entry.