Double Gold for Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition, with both Long Eaton and Ilkeston winning Gold Medal awards.
A special award was also given to Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, Ilkeston, marking it as the ‘best wildflower and conservation area’.
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced on Wednesday 13 September 2017 during the awards ceremony at St. Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, also known as the Boston Stump.
The Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents and businesses. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours over the summer. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“My congratulations go to the council’s ‘Bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring our towns are clean and welcoming. 
“We are also very grateful to the many volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
To recognise this support, the East Midlands in Bloom initiative also presented special Judges Awards for the Planet Garden at West Park, Long Eaton and to the Friends of Victoria Park and council staff. 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Breaston taking Silver and Draycott winning a Gold Medal and best overall entry in the Small Town category award.