An army of green-fingered volunteers have been hailed for their hard work – after Halesowen in Bloom scooped a prestigious national prize.
The group, made up of more than 100 volunteers, has won the national Urban Community Award category for Britain in Bloom 2018.
Landing a Silver Gilt award, it was enough to place it above four other towns across the country - Bankside in London, Evington in East Midlands, Stanwix in Cumbria and Wolverton & Greenleys in Milton Keynes.
The category is open to urban communities with populations of 25,000 or less.
The national in Bloom campaign is run in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to celebrate the work carried out in communities by volunteers, groups and organisations.
Judges from RHS praised Halesowen for having the finest quality flowers, hardworking volunteers and a diverse range of greenery.
The group, which was supported by Dudley Council, made the national finals after scooping Gold in the regional Heart of England awards in the Urban Communities category.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for environmental services, said:
This is fantastic news and testament to the efforts of all the volunteers who worked so hard.
The town looked beautiful in bloom and I am not surprised at all to see it receiving national recognition.
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone – volunteers and sponsors – who helped to make this a reality."
Eve O’Connor, Halesowen in Bloom chairman, said:
We are absolutely overjoyed to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
It was brilliant to get regional recognition, let alone win the national prize!
Halesowen in Bloom has brought people and businesses together to make the very best of our beautiful town and we are proud of all that Halesowen continues to achieve.
We will enjoy this – and then start thinking about how we can make it even better next year!”
This year’s Halesowen in Bloom was supported once again by Sandvik and the Halesowen BID company.