Blooming Bloxwich collects Silver Gilt award!

Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Niki Rolls).

Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Nikki Rolls).

Bloxwich and other places across Walsall borough can hold their heads high after Heart of England in Bloom presented Gold, Silver-Gilt and Silver awards to five of the borough’s district centres.

Bloxwich won a Silver-Gilt award, a massive improvement since last year’s contest, which saw the village collecting a well-deserved Bronze.

Particularly noted by Bloxwich residents this year has been the massive amount of effort put in by Nikki Rolls, Walsall Council’s Regeneration Assistant for Bloxwich and partners Bloxwich Business Partnership, Bloxwich Councillors and members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix amongst others.

The Heart of England In Bloom judges were particularly impressed by this year’s Gold-winning Aldridge entry and have invited Aldridge to represent the Heart of England region in  the national Britain in Bloom awards in 2013 in the Urban Community category.

Darlaston and Willenhall also won worthy silver awards.

Additional success saw Economic Regeneration Officer, Antonia Pompa, receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition for her work in Aldridge and Brownhills.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for Regeneration with Walsall Council Coalition, said: “Everyone benefits from cleaner, safer, greener communities, socially, environmentally and economically.

“These awards encourage a sense of ownership and community renewal, they build civic pride in sustaining places where people want to live.

“We are very proud of our district centres and this success and recognition shows the commitment we as a council have invested to raise their profiles.

“There is a lot of hard work which takes place all-year round so residents can feel proud of the communities they live in and visitors will be stimulated by their experience of each district centre.”

In preparing for this year’s competition, an army or organised volunteers worked for hundreds of hours across the five district centres.

“Recruiting so many volunteers, all representing the great and good of Walsall, was a productive way of engaging the community and local businesses for In-Bloom 2012,” added Cllr Andrew.

“All in all Walsall can be very proud of this recognition. My thanks go to all the businesses, community organisations and members of the local community who made this happen. We can all reap the benefits of their efforts.”

Regeneration Officer, Diane Mansell, on bealf of the Council’s District Centre Management Team, said: “These awards are testament to the enormous amount of hard work put in by volunteers and community groups in all of our district centres.

“This shows what can be achieved by a genuine partnership between local people, community groups and the council. We are enormously grateful to all the In Bloom volunteers for their tireless support and enthusiasm.”

Needless to say, Bloxwich will be aiming for the top of the tree next year!

Judges comments on Bloxwich’s entry may be read via the following link:

Bloxwich Business Partnership’s Facebook page is here: