19 September 2013
Residents of a beautifully maintained village are celebrating after cleaning up at the East Midlands in Bloom awards.
The Rosliston trophy cabinet is bulging after six prestigious accolades were bestowed upon it during an awards ceremony held in Skegness, Lincolnshire.
As well as being named as the best village, there was fitting recognition for volunteer Paul Marbrow, who has given 21 years of commitment to the cause.
Chapman’s Nurseries received the gold gong in the retail/commercial premises category for creating an inviting welcome to the village.
It was also a special night for the Bull’s Head and Rosliston C of E Primary School, which picked up silver gilt and bronze awards respectively.
The impressive haul delighted organisers, who spend hours of their free time to ensure the village is kept in the best possible condition.
Caroline Alston, Secretary of Rosliston in Bloom, said: “Winning so many awards really was beyond our wildest expectations.
“It is a fantastic achievement. We have worked very hard for many years to get to this level and moments like this make it all worthwhile.
“Everyone pulls together. Our success is down to the community spirit and the amazing band of volunteers and businesses we have here.”
One secret to Rosliston’s success has been how the community has put its own stamp on the Royal Horticultural Society’s theme of Edible Britain.
Mixed herbs and salad vegetable planting sit among colourful flowers, while an old wheelbarrow has been used as a planter for herbs.
Cllr Bob Wheeler, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, which supports the In Bloom campaign, praised the hard work of everyone involved.
He said: “This success demonstrates how proud and passionate residents are about living in Rosliston and South Derbyshire.
“Those who visit always comment on its beauty and welcoming nature and that is a credit to everyone involved with Rosliston in Bloom.”