Bolt of Brilliance: Birmingham wins gold at national flower awards

By on 08/10/2012 in Deputy Leader, News

Wonderful wicker Olympic statues around the city, accompanied by fantastic floral displays have helped Birmingham strike gold in securing Best Large City in the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards.

The Usain Bolt figure in his iconic pose which stood outside the Council House, along with other leading Olympic and Paralympics figures such as Oscar Pistorius lead to the council winning the prestigious award.

This year the competition saw over 1,200 entrants from big cities to country villages.

Along with the top accolade, Birmingham City Council also received the following awards:

•    RHS Britain in Bloom Horticultural Award – for the best floral displays throughout the entry

•    RHS Britain in Bloom Public Park Award – for Cannon Hill Park

•    The council was also short-listed for the RHS Britain in Bloom Pride of Place Award.

The Council's parks team also celebrated success for Kings Heath by winning the silver gilt award for Urban Community, thanks to the floral displays and town centre facelift carried over the past 12 months.

Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “To come away with four awards is truly a great achievement.  This is a testament to the dedication and teamwork of all those involved.  Birmingham is getting a reputation for achieving high standards in horticulture by working with partners and friends groups.

“The parks staff have done an incredible job in helping the city look fantastic for its residents and for those the city hosted as part of the 2012 Olympics. This award is a shared effort and has been possible through the support from volunteers, communities and business.”

Birmingham City Council’s floral trail is assisted by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).  Funding from BIDs have a significant impact on the city's entry to the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards.

The awards ceremony took place at St Peter Port on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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