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Blooming judges coming to Mansfield town centre

Judges will be visiting Mansfield in August as the town centre bids to be recognised as one of the best blooming places in Britain.

The town centre is in the national finals of the Britain in Bloom competition, in the category specifically for Business Improvement Districts. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society will be having a tour of the town centre with Sarah Nelson, from Mansfield BID, and officers from Mansfield District Council’s parks department and Town Centre Management Team, on August 9.

Sarah said: “This is a chance for Mansfield to shine. We won the regional award last year, and are in the regional finals again, as well as the national final. “We are proud that Mansfield town centre is a wonderful place to be, and a lot of people and organisations, such as the district and county councils, work together to make it a great environment.”

Councillor Andrew Tristram, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Wellbeing at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are very pleased that the town centre is in the national finals of Britain in Bloom – it really does look particularly great at the minute.

“This is just one of the many benefits of working in partnership with other organisations such as Mansfield BID. We wish everyone including our Parks and Town Centre staff the very best of luck on August 9 and we hope to hear of a successful result when they are announced in October.”

As part of making Mansfield an attractive place to work and visit, a steel flower art installation has been erected at the top of Stockwell Gate. Each finalist will be awarded a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal when the results are announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno, North Wales on October 27.

There is also an award for being the best in category, as well as special discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular areas. These include involving children and young people, gardening in a changing climate and overcoming adversity.

Andrea Van-Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach said: “The Britain in Bloom judging gives groups the chance to showcase all the wonderful work that they do, all year round. “Over the past year alone, our national finalists have planted over a million trees, shrubs, bulbs and other plants, making places greener and more sustainable, and providing areas for the whole community to relax and enjoy. I wish all of this year’s finalists the very best of luck.”

Britain in Bloom is the UK’s biggest community gardening campaign – up to 300,000 volunteers are involved in transforming our villages, towns and cities into greener and more pleasant places to live.

Katrina Lockley, owner, at the Wild Orchid flower shop in West Gate, said: “The town centre looks really nice at the moment, and I’m proud to be a business in a centre of a town that looks bright and beautiful.”

*Mansfield BID has also organised the Mansfield’s Garden & Craft Festival, which takes place on September 2 and 3. For information about this event, see www.mansfieldtowncentre.co.uk.