Village is silver star at the Britain in Bloom awards

Croston  scooped Silver-Gilt in the Large Village category at the Britain in Bloom
Croston scooped Silver-Gilt in the Large Village category at the Britain in Bloom
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CROSTON scooped Silver-Gilt in the Large Village category at the Britain in Bloom with the RHS UK Finals awards ceremony.

The event, hosted by TV presenter and Gardening expert, James Alexander-Sinclair, saw more than 1,000 groups from across Britain vying for the coveted awards.

Everyone will be really honoured and proud about this success

Kath Almond

Of those, just 70 finalists were chosen to represent their region in the UK Finals, with Croston representing the North West.

Host James Alexander-Sinclair said: “Croston is a wonderful example of all that’s best about Britain in Bloom and the amazing people who roll up their sleeves to make change happen. Let nobody underestimate the power of flowers!”

Croston group vice chairman Kath Almond was delighted when she was told that her team had won the Silver Gilt.

Speaking for them, she said “Everyone will be really honoured and proud about this success. It’s great news - it’s our first time entering Britain in Bloom.

“We’ve always entered North West in Bloom and it’s because we won gold in that last year that we were automatically entered into the national competition.

“Everyone in Croston will be so pleased. We’re a busy village and group, everyone has been behind us and done us proud.”

Mrs Almond went to the the presentation ceremony in Sunderland with group chairman Anne Peet, her husband Martin Peet and member Martin Chaplin.

The Britain in Bloom with the RHS awards ceremony celebrates the amazing work carried out by dedicated volunteers to recognise excellence, innovation and a commitment to keeping the UK’s villages, towns and cities clean, green and beautiful.

Chairman of the UK Judging Panel Roger Burnett said: “This has been a vintage year for Britain in Bloom, with communities across the country coming together.”