Alford, Burgh le Marsh and Skegness scoop prizes in East Midlands in Bloom Awards 2013

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter gave a speech at the East Midlands in Bloom Awards presentation which was held at Grand Central earlier today.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter gave a speech at the East Midlands in Bloom Awards presentation which was held at Grand Central earlier today.

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Alford, Burgh le Marsh and Skegness were among those recognised in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom 2013 awards presentation which took place earlier today.

Hundreds gathered for the event which was held at Grand Central, Grand Parade, Skegness to hear which villages, towns and cities had scooped prizes.

Skegness managed to scoop the silver award in the coastal resort category, with Alford Manor House garden and its volunteers gaining a judges award in the small town category and a bronze award in the small town category.

Burgh le Marsh was presented with a certificate of achievement in the large village category and Skegness Eco Centre won a discretionary award from East Midlands in Bloom for the best wildflower and conservation area.

Cleethorpes won the gold award and Mablethorpe also won silver in the coastal resort category.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter, joined on the stage by The Jolly Fisherman, also gave a speech before the ceremony began as well as East Lindsey District Councillor Carl Macey.

This year 55 community groups entered the Bloom competition from all across the East Midlands region.

Each of the entries was judged during July on horticultural expertise, the maintenance of the local environment and the involvement of all sectors of the local community.

The haul of awards included 12 Gold, 20 Silver Gilt, 17 Silver, four Bronze and two Certificates of Achievement.

Special Awards are also presented to communities to highlight outstanding achievements in cleanliness, conservation, horticultural excellence, the best front garden and business premise.

East Midlands in Bloom also seeks to encourage school children of all ages to take an active interest in their local environment by promoting a painting and a digital photography competition. This year 24 schools entered the School Gardens Competition.

Jeff Bates, Chair of East Midlands in Bloom said: “It is very pleasing to see that there is growing interest from communities to work together and improve quality of the environment where they live. The awards show that high standards are being maintained and there are many examples of projects that have delivered long lasting improvements. We are also very grateful to our commercial sponsors who support the Bloom and enable us to inspire local groups and individuals within our region.”