Dales wins awards for Bloom contest

Green Gathering: The category winners of this year's Matlock In Bloom festival pictured with Mayor Barry Hopkinson at their awards night at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock.
Green Gathering: The category winners of this year's Matlock In Bloom festival pictured with Mayor Barry Hopkinson at their awards night at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock.
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BLOOMING beautiful! That was the verdict from judges of this year’s East Midlands in Bloom contest, who awarded groups across the Dales with silver gongs.

Matlock, Bakewell, Tansley and Middleton-by-Wirksworth all held on to their top accolades for the second year running.

Flower Power: Matlock In Bloom committee members Cllr Barry Hopkinson and Tottie Holden with their East Midlands in Bloom Silver award for Hall Leys Park.

Flower Power: Matlock In Bloom committee members Cllr Barry Hopkinson and Tottie Holden with their East Midlands in Bloom Silver award for Hall Leys Park.

Matlock mayor Barry Hopkinson said: “We’re pleased to have got silver again. We want to get more members of the community involved and there are a lot more things we could do.

“The town looks better than it has for many years and the park is excellent, the staff really do a first class job there. We have quite a few plans for what we would like to do in the town centre now.”

Bakewell picked up the award for the quality of display and maintenance at Bath Gardens.

Middleton by Wirksworth residents were commended for their work at The Eco Centre and Tansley Primary School’s, staff and pupils were given a special mention for the continued effort and hard work to develop the school grounds.

Six year old Mia Wragg with her winning photograph

Six year old Mia Wragg with her winning photograph

There was also celebrations at Bakewell Church of England Infant School as six-year-old pupil Mia Wragg clinched first prize in the Children’s Digital Photography Competition for her colourful floral shot.

Head teacher Patricia Outram said: “We’re very proud and I think Mia is tickled pink.”

Matlock in Bloom winners were also presented with their prizes.

All Saints Junior School claimed first prize for the best school grounds, the Thorntree pub was crowned best licensed premises and gardeners Talia Heaney, Rosemary Thacker, Jo Pretch, Sue Stevenson and Barbara and Stuart Marriott were also among the prize winners.