OSWESTRY has scooped gold for the ninth consecutive year in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society visited Oswestry in July to view floral displays arranged by the In Bloom Committee and last week announced the area was deserving of gold in the town category.
Oswestry missed out on taking first place in their category but chairman of the Oswestry in Bloom committee, Betty Gull, was delighted with the award.
“I’m very pleased we brought home another gold, but next year will be tougher because we have set the standards very high for ourselves.
“We didn’t win our category so someone must have got at least one point higher than us, but to win is always the aim. It is always a learning curve with each competition,” she added.
Locations visited included the new Fairholme Residential Home, Woodside School, Chapel Court and Cae Glas Park to see the arrangement of floral displays and street furniture.
Latest additions to the park including the wildlife areas, the Jubilee Gardens and the Safari Trail were also part of the route.
Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Chris Schofield added: “We are delighted with the gold award.
“This recognised a tremendous amount of work by so many people who strive every Summer to make Oswestry look attractive and well kept for our many visitors and our own local residents.
“A particularly big thank you to Miss Betty Gull and the Oswestry In Bloom team for their work throughout the year dealing with our applications and co-ordinating so many organisations and individuals to bring such attractive displays and so many exciting community projects.”
Miss Gull explained the committee are already preparing for next year’s competition, adding: “You have to think about it while everything is still fresh in your mind. If you wait until Christmas then it is too late. As soon as one finishes another starts.”