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Tamworth wins Heart of England in Bloom

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Published September 15th 2015
The colours are off the chart as Tamworth wins Floral Gold
Tamworth is "blooming" lovely - and that's official.

The Staffordshire market town has struck gold at this year's Heart of England in Bloom competition after impressing the judges with its impressive floral displays.

Tamworth, Heart of England in Bloom
Gold for Tamworth in Heart of England in Bloom

Tamworth's wonderful accolade in the 'Small City' category was revealed at an awards ceremony in Rugby, Warwickshire, at the weekend.

And what made the Gold award even more impressive is that Tamworth Borough Council has lifted the top prize for the sixth year running.

Months of hard work by council staff, pubs, sheltered housing schemes and green-fingered residents across the borough ensured the town once again maintained its high standard for fabulous floral displays, impressive community projects and thriving wildlife habitats.

Tamworth Castle Grounds, Heart of England in Bloom
The colourful beds at Tamworth Castle Grounds

The judges, who visited the town over the summer, listed 20 separate areas of achievement that led to the prized Gold award.

They included the Tamworth Castle Grounds with its vibrant flower bed displays, World War One commemorative planting on the Moor Street island, the overall cleanliness of the town, and the securing of a 1.7 million Heritage Lottery bid for Tamworth Castle and 2.95 million for the Creative Quarter.

The judges also made special mention of the successful and popular Trotters Trail which saw 15 brightly coloured replica pigs dotted around Tamworth throughout the summer as part of the Heart of England in Bloom bid.

Heart of England in Bloom, Tamworth, Trotters Trail
The Trotters Trail contributed to the 'blooming' success

The 'porkers', measuring about three feet tall and three feet wide, were made out of metal and wood and decorated by schools, community groups and businesses.

This year's Heart of England in Bloom entry by Tamworth Borough Council was on the theme of Keep the Home Fires Burning, continuing the centenary commemoration of the First World War.

The collaboration saw Tamworth team up with the Women's Institute, which is also celebrating its own centenary in 2015.
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