Northampton gets gold in East Midlands in Bloom competition

Published: Thursday, 14 September 2017

​​​​​​​Northampton has achieved the Gold award in this year's East Midlands in Bloom competition.

As part of the ‘all things bright and beautiful’ theme, more than 250 hanging baskets and 120 barrier baskets, showcasing approximately 8,000 plants, brought a burst of colour to the heart of town. The centrepiece was a vibrant tribute to Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs who famously went on to form his own company to fight with the Northamptonshire Battalion after being told he was too old to join the Army.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to achieve the gold award, we’ve been taking part in the bloom competition for 16 years, getting stronger and stronger each time.

“Bloom is an event that the whole community gets behind and I’m incredibly proud of the team of volunteers and partners who helped us achieve this. It seems particularly fitting that we excelled this year, when we chose to recognise such a significant local hero.

“We had more people enter the local Northampton in Bloom competition than ever before too, so I’m sure the award evening next month is going to be a great celebration.”