They’re all winners!

Jenny Bailey and Liz Reynolds collecting the gold award for Donington.
Jenny Bailey and Liz Reynolds collecting the gold award for Donington.
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FLOWER power that drove volunteers from across South Holland to brighten up our towns and villages was given a special mention at the 2012 East Midlands In Bloom awards presentation.

Delegates from 55 communities across the region attended the awards ceremony at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding on Thursday.

They saw Donington win gold in the large village category, Spalding silver gilt in the large town category, Bourne silver gilt in the town category and, in the small town category, Long Sutton get silver gilt, Deeping St James, Sutton Bridge, and Holbeach silver and Crowland bronze.

Springfields Festival Gardens and Retail Shopping Outlet in Spalding received a discretionary award for best retail/commercial premises.

Speaking on behalf of Spalding In Bloom, Coun Christine Lawton echoed the feeling of all groups when she praised their volunteers.

She said: “We would particularly like to thank Coun Angela Newton who has been the driving force behind our success. But we would like to appeal for more volunteers for next year so we can do even better.”

Other award winners in the area included:-

It’s Your Neighbourhood: Flinders Founders, Donington –level 5 Outstanding; Unity Project – level 4 Thriving; Cowpers Gate, and Long Sutton – level 4 Thriving.

Judges awards: Campaigns –Long Sutton, Eco-Warriors at Long Sutton Primary School; Deeping St James, volunteers at the nature reserve; Sutton Bridge, Bloomers group; Holbeach, improvement works at Holbeach Nature Reserve; Crowland, the Abbey 345 pre-school. Town – Bourne, Willoughby Special School. Large town - Spalding, floral displays in the Crescent, Francis Street and Vine Street.