Lytham has received well-earned recognition at the 2023 Britain in Bloom national community gardening competition, winning both a Gold Award and the joint Category Winner Award in the Coastal category.
The incredible hard work of long-standing partners Lytham in Bloom and Fylde Council’s Parks and Coastal Services was repaid at the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom award ceremony on Monday 23 October, sharing first place in the Coastal category with East Haven: Together of Scotland.
The Lytham in Bloom volunteers celebrated their 25th anniversary this year, having worked tirelessly with the council, local community groups and businesses to make the town’s green spaces beautiful since 1998. As one of six entrants in the Coastal category, Lytham beat four other award winners to secure the joint honour of the top slot.
The plaudits didn’t stop there. In the RHS Discretionary category, a Community Champion Award was presented to Trevor Mackey of Lytham in Bloom, who was also honoured with the North West in Bloom Outstanding Contribution Award in the regional competition last week.
The Gold Award joins those given in 2018, 2015 and 2013, when Lytham also received the ‘Champion of Champions’ Award. This is the highest national ‘In Bloom’ award that can be given, and the occasion marked the first time it was won by a town/city of village in the North West.
Cllr Jayne Nixon, Fylde Council’s Lead Member for Tourism, Leisure & Culture, said: “The Lytham in Bloom volunteers, Fylde Council and partners have truly outdone themselves, and what a wonderful way to mark Lytham In Bloom’s 25th anniversary. We’re very fortunate to have so many passionate and talented people in Lytham and across Fylde giving their time for their communities. My congratulations to Lytham for these awards, and again to our regional winners for their achievements!”
The full list of 2023 Britain in Bloom UK Finals awards and results can be found on the RHS website here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening/news/articles/bloom-awards-results
To read more about Fylde’s stunning results the 2023 North West In Bloom awards and the RHS: It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards, please visit the Fylde Council website: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/fylde-achieve-stunning-results-in-the-north-west-in-bloom-and-rhs-its-your-neighbourhood-awards-2023/
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