Beech Drive flower bed - photo by David Clews

Volunteers for Wistaston in Bloom have blossomed this year after scooping the village’s first ever Gold Award at the ‘Britain in Bloom’ (North West) 2018 awards, writes Jonathan White.

They received their certificate at a ceremony at the Southport Convention Centre on November 2.

Wistaston Conservation Group also won a “It’s Your Neighbourhood Award of Level 5 – Outstanding” for the Joey the Swan Parkland in Wistaston from The Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom.

North West in Bloom is the voluntary regional organisation that administers the Britain in Bloom competition in Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

It is one of the 18 regions and nations that comprise Britain in Bloom.

Westfield Drive flower bed - photo by David Clews

Westfield Drive flower bed – photo by David Clews

Bill Heath, secretary of Wistaston in Bloom, praised a number of volunteer groups for helping achieve the milestone.

These include members of Wistaston in Bloom group, Wistaston Conservation group, Wistaston Parish Council, Wistaston Litter Pickers, the Park Ranger and Jim Denith from Crewe Road Nursery, who all played their part in winning these two most prestigious awards.

(Pics of flower bed/pot photos by David Clews, group photos and Joey the Swan by Jonathan White)

Rope Lane-Wells Green flower bed - photo by David Clews

Rope Lane-Wells Green flower bed – photo by David Clews

Joey the Swan Parkland Wistaston (1)

Joey the Swan

Kings Drive flower pot - photo by David Clews

Kings Drive flower pot – photo by David Clews

Britain in Bloom North-West 2018 award winners - Its Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding for Joey the Swan Parkland Wistaston (1)

Britain in Bloom North-West 2018 award winners – Its Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding for Joey the Swan

Britain in Bloom North-West 2018 award winners - Gold Award in the Town Category and Its Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding (1)

Gold Award in the Town Category and Its Your Neighbourhood Award Level 5 Outstanding

Britain in Bloom North-West 2018 award winners - Gold Award in the Town Category (1)

Britain in Bloom North-West 2018 award winners – Gold Award in the Town Category

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