Crawley has won gold for the fourth consecutive year at the South and South East in Bloom Awards.
Crawley picked up the gold award in the small city category, up against Canterbury and Fareham, at the ceremony in Brighton on Friday (September 11).
Crawley scored a total of 177 out of 200 points, made up of 87 out of 100 for horticultural achievement, 43 out of 50 for environmental responsibility and 47/50 for community participation.
Memorial Gardens won the gold award in the Park of the Year category and Worth Park won silver in the Heritage Park category.
Crawter’s Brook People’s Park in the Manor Royal Business District won the silver award in the conservation category.
Christian Threader, Crawley Borough Council’s Parks and Sports Grounds Supervisor, picked up the Community Champion Award.
Judges, who visited the town in July, said: “We saw the continued success of the Let’s FACE it! campaign, which continues to go from strength to strength and celebrates its 10th year this February.
“Throughout the tour there were passionate community volunteers undertaking a variety of tasks including planting projects and visits to successful Let’s FACE it! schemes in which it was evident these schemes have brought the communities together.
“Impressive displays of sustainable planting were seen throughout the tour with the staff having a sense of ownership resulting in the creating of high standard of maintenance to both the key horticultural areas in the town centre and also to the more rural sites visited looking at the waterway improvements and sustainability and conservation of Tilgate Park.”
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “This is yet another fantastic achievement for the town. These latest in Bloom awards are a reflection of the hard work, dedication and creativity of our staff and enthusiastic volunteers.
“We’re proud of this triumph and I’m especially pleased to see the judges recognise the work that has been completed at Ifield Mill Pond, Dobbins Pond, Worth Park and the Heroes Walk, as well as the roaring success of our Let’s FACE it! campaign.”
In addition to the town’s award, community groups were again successful in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards. Residents in Boswell Road, Tilgate and St Andrew’s Church in Furnace Green received a level 5 ‘outstanding’ award.
The 7th Crawley Beavers, Bewbush Action Group, Bolney Court residents and Staplecross Court residents all picked up level 4 ‘thriving’ awards.
The judges listed many areas of achievement, including: Tilgate Park; The Heroes Walk in the Memorial Gardens; Planted barrier troughs and hanging baskets; Ifield Mill Pond; The council’s Let’s FACE it! campaign; Dobbins Pond restoration project; Use of sustainable planting; Worth Park restoration.
A council spokesman said the latest In Bloom award added to the town’s incredible success over the past few years.
Since 2010, Crawley has won: Gold at the 2015 South and South East in Bloom Awards (small city); Gold and category winner (small city) at the 2014 South and South East in Bloom Awards; Gold at the 2013 South and South East in Bloom Awards (small city); Gold at the 2012 South and South East in Bloom Awards (small city); the 2011 South and South East in Bloom Champion of Champions Award, achieving High Gold standard; Silver Gilt and category winner (large town/small city) accolades at the 2010 Britain in Bloom Awards; The Britain in Bloom 2010 Community Award for Let’s FACE it!; Gold and category winner prizes (large town/small city) at the 2010 South and South East in Bloom Awards; Gold and category winner prizes (town centre and large town/small city) at the 2009 South and South East in Bloom Awards.
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