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Local gardening group have their hard work recognised in Horticulture awards

by Laura Johnston

Whiston in Bloom, a gardening group, have been awarded ‘Level 3: Advancing’ in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northwest in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award for the restoration and maintenance of Whiston Town Hall’s gardens.

North West in Bloom is an annual event in which an expert panel of horticultural and environmental judges decide winners based on horticultural aspects, environmental aspects and community participation. The prestigious awards ceremony was hosted by Royal Horticultural Society and held in Southport.

Whiston in Bloom took part in the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign as part of Whiston Town Council’s initiative to help the community keep healthy and active through activities that improve the environment of the township. This was done with the help of Sandra Mayers, the Whiston Town Clerk who is administrator for the project and council staff who helped to maintain Whiston Town Hall’s gardens.

Whiston Town Mayor, Sandra Gaffney, said:

“We are delighted with the award and the efforts were down to the commitment of the volunteers of Whiston in Bloom team, hopefully they will carry it forward and roll out an inclusive plan to make Whiston Township a better place to live, renew community spaces in the coming years and improve the horticultural ambiance of the Township.


The Town Council will support the activity of the team and has already agreed to complement the objectives by completely revising the Whiston Gardening Competitions to include new categories for schools and local businesses for wider participation. It is truly outstanding achievement and a real honor for the Town Council.”

The leader of Whiston Town Council, Cllr Terry Byron, is confident that all of the effort from the Whiston in Bloom team as well as from the community will help to create a generally healthier environment for the Whiston community.

Volunteers for Whiston in Bloom have been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Town Council and believe they are well on their way to improving the overall horticultural ambiance of Whiston Township.

Would you like to get involved and volunteer to help improve Whiston?

Why not consider spending some of your time doing worthwhile, various gardening tasks such as planting, watering, weeding and general maintenance? If you’re interested, you can contact the group to find out more about supporting the team – Whiston in Bloom Group, c/o Whiston Town Hall, Old Colliery Road, Whiston L35 3QX.