The chairman of the successful Leighton-Linslade In Bloom committee has expressed her delight at the town’s success in the 2013 competition.
As in 2012, a prestigious high silver gilt gong was secured in the small city category. Colchester took the gold with Stevenage also winning a High 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 Your 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. Rushmere was also entered for the Best Park (over 10 acres) and received a silver gilt award.
The town’s Anglia In Bloom committee members and other groups involved in the campaign, town council employees, the mayor and other councillors all met at Rushmere Country Park for a celebratory breakfast on Wednesday.
Committee chairman Sue Commons said: “The committee was delighted that they had maintained their good result of last year and been awarded a High Silver Gilt. This inspires us to work even harder and give the attention to detail which hopefully will move us into the Gold category within the next few years.
“Apart from the overall entry, six special award categories were entered and judged against potentially 50 other entries throughout the whole Anglian region.
“It was a considerable achievement that five of these were nominated to go into the final stages of judging and received a certificate to celebrate their success.”
Of the Tactic Centre’s success, Sue added: “They received a certificate and an engraved wooden bowl to mark their success. This was a just reward for all the hard work put in by the young people at the centre to create a space which can be enjoyed by them all.”
The In Bloom campaign has also raised money throughout the year by way of a variety of events and sponsorship from local businesses and organisations. The East Anglian Air Ambulance received a cheque for £2,000 on Wednesday.
See the September 17 issue of the LBO for more on the story.