IT is official – Uttoxeter is a beautiful and well-maintained town after judges found it worthy of a gold award.
Heart of England judges have recognised the townsfolks’ hard work in keeping the town looking its best with a gold award in the town category of the England in Bloom campaign.
Judges Roger Bache and Trish Willetts found the town displayed numerous areas of achievement including every churchyard they saw which were well tended, something they said organisers should be proud of.
The judges also pointed out ‘impressive’ plots at Millfield Allotments which they said were both ‘traditional and an eclectic mix’.
The streets were also noted as being clean with no evidence of dog fouling and generally litter free and the community support in adding to the general appearance of the town was also pointed out with residents helping with planting in the park, litter picks, produce sales and allotment competitions.
Finally the judges commended the strong partnership work with local businesses that not only involves them in competition but helps promote their companies too and the public art on the roundabouts alluding to Uttoxeter’s heritage.
They said: “What better start to a tour than the edible themed You in Mind, a splendid restaurant/café.
“Despite tough economic times, Uttoxeter in Bloom still enhances the town with all they do both visually and with their huge amount of community commitment.
“There are a plethora of gems but the work of volunteers at the library courtyard, railway station, Redfern’s Cottage and the creation of the facilities at Davies Drive are to be admired.
“It would be remiss however, not to make special mention of the work, dedication and effort of Councillor Andrew Riley and Tina Jeffery as they are the drivers of this successful gold award entry.”
Councillor Riley, of the Uttoxeter in Bloom commmittee, thanked everyone who made the award possible and said he was delighted to see all the hard work has paid off.
He said: “I was ecstatic to find out we have won a gold award again this year for Uttoxeter in Bloom.
“As you know it’s like every dream come true for me and the federation at East Staffordshire Borough Council, together with the grounds maintenance/street cleaning team, and I would like to say a special thanks be extended to all involved within this year’s entry.
“In particular, the Friends of Uttoxeter in Bloom, the many volunteers within Redfern Cottage, Uttoxeter Community Gardening Group based at the library, McDonalds, Thomas Alleyne’s High School and community farm, Strawberry Garden Centre, Millfield Victory Allotments Association, Davies Drive Community Group, Tesco, Uttoxeter Railway Station Community Group, staff at Bradley Street toilets, the Inside Outers, You in Mind, The Tea Emporium and of course everyone who purchased hanging baskets.
“Without all of our friends and all of the volunteers we could not achieve this well deserved award. It shows how we as a community are achieving things together.”