Community groups triumph at Wirral In Bloom awards

More than 30 community-based groups have been celebrating across the borough after winning awards at the Wirral In Bloom Awards Ceremony.

As the usual North West In Bloom celebrations in Southport were cancelled due to COVID-19, Wirral Council helped organise an event for all the Wirral schemes to make sure that the contributions of residents did not go unnoticed.

A total of 34 In Bloom schemes across Wirral received awards for their amazing projects, which followed a visit, in summer, from the Royal Horticultural Society judges, who examined the hard work and creativity that went into the work of the schemes.

Throughout the days of judging, the RHS judges met a range of residents who had all contributed to schemes in their area, whether it was a Village group or an alleyway transformation.

Not only were judges looking for groups who had made a real difference to their area through planting and landscaping, but the judges also scored groups positively when they could see the community effort that went into their work.

In the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ Awards, Wirral saw 2 schemes awarded Level 1, Establishing; 3 schemes awarded Level 2, Improving; 8 schemes awarded Level 3, Advancing; 10 schemes awarded Level 4, Thriving and 9 schemes awarded Level 5, Outstanding.

In the ‘Britain In Bloom’ Categories, Oxton Society was awarded Gold -Village and Wallasey Village was awarded Gold – Large Village. In addition, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral were awarded a brand new award –  the Health and Wellbeing Award, which recognises how their work has positively impacted the health and wellbeing of residents.

Bringing the community together, reducing social isolation during COVID-19, as well as encouraging a litter free, sustainable environment and improved well being were recognised as a key benefit of these schemes.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, said, “I am always very impressed by the efforts that go into the In Bloom competitions. Seeing communities working together to clean up and improve their local environment and the enthusiasm and positivity that is created as they sow seeds and plant up their neighbourhood while working towards a shared vision of a better environment and a nicer place to live and work, is just wonderful. The ambition is often startling and the end results really impressive. Everyone involved can quite rightly take pride in what they have done. It makes such a difference and benefits us all.”

A video has been commissioned by the YMCA and produced by OON Media which highlights the amazing work by residents, the RHS judging and the awards ceremony.

The winners in full:

In Your Neighbourhood Awards

Level 1 Establishing

Spenser Avenue / Highfield Grove, Rock Ferry

Woodville Road, Birkenhead

Level 2 Improving

Castle Street/Hornby Street (CHAT – Castle Hornby Alleyway Transformation)

Primrose Road, Claughton

Wirral Development Trust

Level 3 Advancing

Callister Gardens

Claughton Village in Bloom

Friends of Sandlea Gardens

Larch Road

Paterson Street Rainbows

Shaw Street

Sunningdale High Rise

The Woodlands

Level 4 Thriving

Donny’s Way

Egremont in Bloom

Green and Blooming Greasby

Moreton in Bloom

Pensby in Bloom

Prenton Hall in Bloom

Prenton Rugby Club in Bloom

Tam O’Shanter Farm in Bloom

The Refreshment Rooms

Williamson Art Gallery (Friends of the Williamson)

Level 5 Outstanding

Alverstone Avenue, Birkenhead

The Arno Rose Garden

Beechwood, Ballantyne, Bidston in Bloom

Brackendale High Rise

Gautby Road Play and Community Centre

Liscard House in Bloom

Neo Community House

Shamrock Road in Bloom

Tomorrow’s Women

Britain in Bloom Award Gold – Oxton Society (Village)

Britain in Bloom Award Gold – Wallasey Village in Bloom (Large Village)

Health and Well Being Award – Tomorrow’s Women

Image: (Clockwise from top left) Larch Road, Tranmere – Wallasey Village in Bloom – Donny’s Way – Prenton Hall in Bloom – Prenton Rugby Club in Bloom – Oxton Society

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