Volunteers praised for keeping towns in bloom

Volunteers in Halesowen and Quarry bank have been praised after their work was recognised at the regional Britain in Bloom awards.

Halesowen won a coveted gold award for the third year running, meaning the town will again go on to compete for the national crown. Fast-improving Quarry Bank was awarded silver gilt – one up from the silver it earned last year from its debut entry. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services, said:

“This is fantastic news, and very much testament to the very strong sense of community spirit in both Halesowen and Quarry Bank.

"The Heart of England in Bloom judges lavished praise, and rightly so, on the teams of volunteers, residents and shopkeepers who have worked so hard in both areas to get them looking beautiful. I would like to personally thank these volunteers for their efforts, and congratulate them on their achievements.”

As well as adding another gold award to their impressive collection, the Halesowen in Bloom team were also named ‘Urban Community’ category winners – meaning the town has also secured a place in the national competition.

The hard work and leadership of group chairman Eve O’Connor – who has led the town to achieving three golds and a silver gilt in just four years of entering the competition – was also praised by the judges.

The Heart of England in Bloom region covers a wide area from Gloucestershire to North Staffordshire and includes Birmingham and the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


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