The city has once again wowed the judges in the annual Britain in Bloom competition.
Hard work and civic pride has ensured a number of awards in several categories across a number of areas..
Milton Keynes received the Silver Gilt Award in the large city category with the Regional Award for Best Park (Private) going to The Open University.
Newport Pagnell was also recognised with the Silver Gilt Award with town schools Green Park School – highly commended, Tickford Park Primary School – commended Ousedale School received a Special Award for new environmental teaching facility, in the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Cup,
Stony Stratford became Gold Trophy Winners again in the Town category, with Queen Eleanor School commended in the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Cup
In the Urban Communities category Wolverton and Greenleys were Silver Gilt Trophy Winners and further praise was heaped on several other local projects, under the RHS IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD Community Group focused award.
Galley Hill Gardeners were praised for establishing their work at Galley Hill, Stony Stratford and similarly Simpson and Ashland Gardens Group, were singled out for developing their project which benefits all local residents.
York House Community Gardens is also developing well at the youth, arts and community centre in Stony Stratford.
The judges said: “The strength of the Milton Keynes “In Bloom Team” is undoubtedly due to the co-ordinated, varied and widespread input fostered with the Open University.
“The campus grounds/facilities are modern and serene surrounded by delightful gardens, displaying both traditional bedding and permanent planting, of a very high standard, whilst the Parks Trust (a charity noted for its excellence) manages a range of impressive open spaces, and oversees an array of environmental projects, many of which are organised/attended by a committed volunteer team.
“The council’s joined up services and community engagement approach is clearly working well. The positive relationship between the Council and the Parks Trust, the way both organisations add interest to the parks with public art, events, and the opportunities for volunteer involvement, as well as the considerable efforts put into conservation and biodiversity, help to make Milton Keynes in Bloom the success that it is.”
The judges also commented on the attractive Caldecotte Business Park, the impressive floral displays at Masons Funeral Directors in Fenny Stratford and the quality of environmental management at thecentre:mk.
Councillor Peter Geary, the Cabinet Member responsible for the environment, said: “Milton Keynes is a colourful, vibrant area and it’s great that once again, the Britain in Bloom team have recognized that.
“We have some beautiful spots in and around the borough, and, working with partners from the Parks Trust and Open University, the council is keen to maintain the high quality of these areas. We have the utmost confidence that we will continue to hold our place as a clean, green, extremely attractive borough.”