A COMMUNITY effort helped Leamington in Bloom strike gold this year.
The town was awarded a Gold award in the regional Heart of England in Bloom competition, ‘Small City’ category.
The Heart of England judges visited several locations across the town back in July.
And in a change from recent years, where the focus has been on formal floral displays, the judges were shown around various community green spaces, including Foundry Wood, Dale Street Methodist Church ‘Good News’ Garden and Wych Elm Wood.
The Friends of Leamington Station put on a display, as did the id-verde and Warwick District Council’s teams at Jephson Gardens.
Leamington mayor Alan Boad said: “This is excellent news for our beautiful town and I congratulate and thank those who work so hard all year round to make Leamington colourful and welcoming. I also applaud the growth of community gardening which plays an every-increasing part in the physical and emotional well-being of our residents.
“My thanks go to the Leamington in Bloom committee who work to make our entry into this competition possible, the groups that took part, the commitment of the town council and the hard work of the green spaces team at the district council who helped to achieve the Gold award this year.”