Volunteers from Norton in Hales will be celebrating this morning after being named ?champion of champions? at last night?s Britain in Bloom with the RHS UK final awards ceremony.
The annual event, which was held in Sunderland and hosted by TV presenter and gardening expert James Alexander-Sinclair, saw 70 finalists proudly flying the flag for their region/nation, with Norton in Hales scooping the top award of the evening.
Norton in Hales? commitment to the environment and sustainability played a large part in their success, with innovative eco-ideas catching the eye of the judges. At the heart of the village?s extensive recycling network is a project called ?ground to ground? that sees coffee granules and bark mulch transformed into fertiliser and slug repellent.
The exceptional community spirit of the volunteers was highlighted by judges Martyn Hird and Kim Parish who said: ?Norton in Hales has achieved exceptional marks in this section, reflecting the strong community involvement. They should be extremely proud because it really is the entire village that has won the title of Britain in Bloom champion of champions.?
Malcolm McDonald, secretary for Norton in Bloom, said: ?For a small Shropshire village of only 300 people, this is an amazing achievement and reflects the hard work and commitment from the Bloom committee and its many helpers throughout the village.?
For more information on Britain in Bloom with the RHS, visit: www.rhs.org.uk/britaininbloom