Hereford in Bloom earned another Gold Award in this years England in Bloom competition with their two judges touring the city in July.

The judges took note of its three key projects, horticultural, environment and community, and the results were announced last Thursday to all Blooms in Midlands groups, including three places in Herefordshire.

Hereford in Bloom chairman Kevin Knipe praised the work of the volunteers keeping the projects across the city in top class order, and also thanked the various organisations who welcomed the judges to the city.

George Thomas, Hereford in Bloom's longest serving member was heavily involved in the creation of the portfolio put in front of the judges.


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Mr Thomas, 80, was also given an individual classic glass gift to mark his 20 years volunteering for the Hereford In Bloom team, after retiring from his job at Bulmers Cider.

Ledbury in Bloom was once again been given the gold award at the Heart of England in Bloom awards’ Town category.

The award recognises the hard work of Ledbury in Bloom members, who care for bedding areas, planters and hanging baskets around the town throughout the year.

In the It’s Your Neighbourhood category, the town’s Walled Gardeners achieved a Level 4 Thriving Award.

The wildlife gardens in Bye Street were given a Level 3 Improving Award and the Ledbury Halt Wildlife Gardens at Queens Walk achieved a Level 2 Improving Award

A spokesperson for Ledbury Town Council said: "Ledbury Town Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all the community groups and individuals who have taken part in this competition for all of their hard work and time spent in achieving these awards."

Leominster in Bloom has also been awarded a gold award in the latest Heart of England in Bloom competition.

This year’s theme was a celebration of the heritage of the Ryeland sheep in Leominster, along with red, white and blue planting to celebrate the late Queen's platinum jubilee.

A spokesperson for Leominster Town Council said that the displays produced by the volunteers were truly amazing, especially considering the hot weather they endured, and the town has really looked fantastic all summer.

Leominster in Bloom chairman Geoffrey Crofts said: "The hard-working core group of volunteers devote many hours to planning and co-ordinating everything, and this award is truly well deserved.

"We work with a large number of local groups, individuals and clubs who all help us attain these results, and this award is for all of them as well."