Blidworth villagers celebrating blooming good prizes

NMAC11-2693-1''Organisers and award winners at the Blidworth Village East Midland in Bloom Awards held at the Methodist Church on Thursday.
NMAC11-2693-1''Organisers and award winners at the Blidworth Village East Midland in Bloom Awards held at the Methodist Church on Thursday.

BLIDWORTH villagers are celebrating after scooping four prizes at the East Midlands in Bloom Awards.

Judges from the regional branch of the national competition descended on the town in July and gave it their seal of approval with two bronze and two silver accolades.

Among the winners were Tippings Wood with bronze, Blidworth Oaks Primary School with silver, the Fox and Hounds pub, Blidworth Bottoms, with silver and Blidworth taking bronze in the overall category for a small town.

Geoff Merry, county councillor for Blidworth, said in most people’s eyes Blidworth was a village. “East Midlands in Bloom classes us as a small town, though,” he said.

“So to win an award is good because we are up against towns. Our population is only 4,000 but their figure average is 11,000.”

Coun Merry said Blidworth missed out on a silver by just one point. He added: “The judges thought Blidworth was extremely good for the amount of money and volunteers we have. The award was given for cleanliness, floral decorations, recycling, the involvement of schools and all kinds of things - not just making it decorative by putting flowers in.

“The judges also commented on how well we had maintained the war memorial on Main Street.”

Blidworth Oaks School took silver for the children’s involvement with the grounds’ upkeep and staff at the Fox and Hounds pub were happy with a silver for its hanging baskets and flowers.

Judges said the volunteer maintenance at Tippings Wood was ‘commendable.’

Coun Merry added: “Although most of the work there has been done by volunteers from Rainworth we thought we would put in for the judges to have a look and they gave it bronze. We are having duplicates of the award for Blidworth and Rainworth.

“The people of Tippings Wood do their best but people walk their dogs there and do not clean up after. That is what cost us the silver. Dog bins have been put up in the past but they always get vandalised.

“It is in the hands of the dog walkers even if the bins are not there.”

Coun Merry said the overall award was a great achievement. He added: “I think if we had been in the village class we would have been gold.”