Middleton-by-Wirksworth has been selected from more than 600 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2016.
The village was chosen along with five others from the East Midlands for their outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement, and will join 65 other finalists from across the UK.
The groups will be assessed on a wide range of initiatives, such as the maintenance of parks and communal gardens, the management of natural spaces, recycling and environmental awareness, and projects involving local residents and schools.
Jeff Bates, chairman of East Midlands in Bloom, said: “The East Midlands has once again achieved a record number of entries to the Britain in Bloom Finals. We are delighted to nominate Evington, Immingham, Loughborough, Mablethorpe and Market Harborough, who achieved excellent regional results and hope to build on their success in the RHS Britain in Bloom Finals. It’s also fantastic that Cleethorpes has been chosen to represent the region in the Champion of Champions category.
“They are joined by the lovely Derbyshire village of Middleton-by-Wirksworth who look forward to showing off the heritage, community and fabulous wildflowers of their upland location. We are very excited and we wish them all every success!”
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, said: “We would like to congratulate these groups for reaching the UK finals of RHS Britain in Bloom. It’s a tremendous achievement and illustrates the groups’ impressive commitment to improving their local environment.
“Volunteers of all ages and all walks of life participate in Bloom, making extraordinary efforts to improve streets and neighbourhoods in towns, villages and cities across Britain. It is vital we celebrate and recognise their efforts to strengthen their communities and inspire others to get involved.”