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Louth celebrates silver award in East Midland’s in Bloom competition

By Louth Target  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

SILVER GILT SUCCESS: Louth achieved a silver gilt in the town’s first entry to the East Midlands in Bloom competition. Pictured from left are Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon, Chairman of Louth in Bloom, Councillor Trevor Marris, Mayor Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, Angela and Mike Ellery of the Wheatsheaf who were winners in this year’s Lovely Louth competition which formed part of the In Bloom entry, Sam Philips Town Partnership Coordinator and Linda Blankley, clerk to Louth Town Council.

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LOUTH is certainly making the most of 2012 after celebrating yet another success.

The Louth In Bloom committee have been awarded a silver gilt in the large town category of the East Midland’s in Bloom competition – which is inspiring them to go for gold next year.

The town entered the competition for the first time this year and the success follows being named Britain’s Favourite Market Town in a public vote through the BBC Countryfile magazine awards.

The Target teamed up with the Louth in Bloom committee to run a Louth Litter Busters campaign with local primary schools – a project which was commended by the judging panel.

Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon, Chairman of Louth in Bloom said: “Louth is a beautiful town and we are fortunate enough to have many passionate residents who work hard to enhance the experience of the town either through maintaining their gardens and hanging baskets to a high standard or volunteering on community projects such as Spout Yard, which got a special award from the judges.

“Everyone involved in the projects we showed the judges should be really proud of what they have achieved.”

In July, the judges were taken on a route from Hubbards Hills to the Pavilion on London Road where they rated the town for horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

The Louth in Bloom group also took the judges to Spout Yard, the town centre, the Gatherums and local schools.

Volunteers from different community groups met the judges along the way to speak about the work they have been involved in.

The judges have now produced a report on Louth to give the group pointers to work on for the year ahead.

Mayor Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders said: “So many of the towns getting awards had their parks and gardens maintained by their local councils, so that makes the achievements of our dedicated volunteers even more fantastic.

“Louth has once again achieved recognition for its wonderful environment and community spirit. I hope it will inspire us all to do even greater things next year.”

The In Bloom committee now want to hear from gardeners, community groups and residents who want to help with regeneration projects to help them go for gold next year.

Anyone interested in joining Louth In Bloom can call Sam Phillips, town partnership coordinator on 07917 628149 or email samantha.phillips@e-lindsey.gov.uk

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