Published: Thu 22nd September, 2022
Loughborough has struck gold once again in the East Midlands in Bloom awards.
The town was awarded with the highest recognition in the ceremony which was held at Loughborough Town Hall on Wednesday September 21.
It is the eleventh time since 2011 that Loughborough has now received gold for its well-maintained open spaces.
Loughborough also picked up two other awards, winning the ‘Least Littered Environment’ and 'Spring Bulb Display' categories.
Quorn in Bloom took home a gold award for their beautifully kept open spaces.
Pat Cook, chair of Loughborough in Bloom, said: “It is a fantastic honour to be awarded gold once again at this year’s ceremony.
“The recognition is well and truly deserved for all the hard work that goes into the open spaces across the town.
“I would like to thank all the community groups and volunteers that put in so much time and effort to make sure Loughborough always looks its best.”
The judges visited Loughborough in July 2022 and were shown around the beautiful open spaces including the Outwoods, Queen’s Park and the Forest Road Green Belt.
The open spaces are maintained by the Council’s partner, idverde, waste contractor Serco and volunteers and community groups from across the town.
Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough and open spaces said: “We take great pride in all our open spaces across Loughborough, and I knew that the hard work would end up in another gold award!
“I want to say a special thank you to our open spaces partner, idverde, our waste contractor, Serco and all the volunteers and community groups who work tirelessly to make sure that our open spaces are always looking vibrant.
“It was a fantastic event and to earn gold when hosting the awards ourselves in Loughborough has made it a perfect day.”
This year’s Loughborough in Bloom portfolio can be found on the Council’s website.
The Council maintains over 600 acres of open spaces in the borough along with its partner idverde. It is part of the Council’s commitment to care for the local environment.