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Blooming borough retains silver gilt

Chesterfield has retained its silver gilt award in the annual East Midlands in Bloom awards.

The judges from the awards made their visit to the town this summer and were given a guided tour of the borough and commented on the many improvements that have been made in the last year.

They were particularly impressed with the floral displays in the town centre, the parks and open spaces, including our five Green Flag awarded parks, community involvement at sites including Boythorpe Allotments as well as the amount of recycling carried out by residents and businesses in the borough.

They also noted the new Chesterfield in Bloom committee made up of local residents to organise the campaign and the number of community volunteers who have become involved.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

"We are pleased to be awarded a silver gilt award in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. A lot of work has been put in by volunteers on the Chesterfield in Bloom committee and council staff working together to make our borough clean, green and inviting to visitors.

"If anyone is interested in joining the committee and becoming involved, we would like to hear from you."

As well as the overall award for Chesterfield, the judges made two awards within the borough.

Steve and Jane Land of Moorland View Road won gold in the Frank Constable MBE award for the best residential garden in the East Midlands. Mr and Mrs Land won the best back garden (larger than 80 sq m) and the best overall garden in last year's Chesterfield in Bloom awards.

The judges commented on the immaculately kept lawn, the brightly coloured hanging baskets, the dense planting and the complete absence of weeds.

Ringwood Hall Hotel, the sponsors of the Chesterfield in Bloom competition, won gold in the best hotel/pub garden award.

The judges were impressed with the varied planting in the grounds which is in keeping with a period property, as well as the well-maintained lawns.

Chesterfield in Bloom is a council-led project to improve the borough's environment and forms the borough's entry into the regional East Midlands in Bloom competition.

To become involved in a range of volunteering opportunities, contact John Ramsey by email: at or call 01246 345 097.

First published on 06 October 2015 Last updated on 31 October 2016