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Mansfield is blooming marvellous

Mansfield is celebrating after scooping silver in the Best Small City category at the East Midlands in Bloom awards ceremony held in Spalding yesterday.

This year Mansfield returned to the East Midlands in Bloom competition after a one year break.

Judging for the competition took place in July when judges from the Royal Horticultural Society were given a whistle-stop tour of the District's parks and open spaces, meeting representatives of the Friends of the Parks and Local Nature Reserves groups who have contributed to the competition.

The work of the Mansfield BID was also showcased with over 100 floral features and baskets funded by town centre traders, along with the excellent work at King Edward's School where a memorial garden and vegetable plot has been created.

The judges were particularly impressed with the active role the Friends groups play in the management of parks and open spaces across the District, highlighting the gardening activities with raised beds at Yoeman Hill Park as a notable example.

Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "I am proud that Mansfield has won the silver in the small cities category of the East Midlands in Bloom competition."

"Bloom is a real community project and my thanks go to our marvellous parks' department staff, who have worked tirelessly for months with members of local businesses and school and community groups to ensure the District has been seen at its very best.

"We now working to ensure we surpass this year's performance to scoop gold in next year's in Bloom competition."

Further information about parks and open spaces across the District is available at www.mansfield.gov.uk/parks

Published 13 September 2012

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