OLDHAM has stolen the show once more at the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious North West in Bloom awards.
For the ninth year in a row the borough’s entry – Bloom and Grow – has scooped the prize for Best City (based on the size of the electoral), plus the Gold award.
They have also won the Best Town Centre Award, hitting the Gold standard once again.
The awards took place at a ceremony held in Southport on November 2, attended by community gardeners from across the region.
The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Greening Grey Britain’ – which encouraged residents to grow plants and flowers where ever possible.
The RHS judges were extremely impressed how Oldham took the overall theme and incorporated designs and displays to coincide with Circus250, a national campaign celebrating 250 years of circus.
This year’s judging route started in Failsworth and made its way into the town centre, where the WOW bed centrepiece featured a circus waggon and stage, colourful flower displays and even performing circus acts.
The WOW bed display is currently in a transitional stage to mark Halloween and will transform again into a Christmas wonderland.
Cllr Arooj Shah, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “To win Best City for nine years in a row is an outstanding achievement and a real honour for our borough.
“The displays we produced impressed the RHS judges and hopefully made a lot of people smile.
“Our Bloom and Grow campaign is a real team effort and it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our dedicated Environment Team, volunteers, residents, schools, communities and businesses.
“We’d like to thank everyone for doing their bit, coming together and helping us bring this trophy back to Oldham once again.”
Watch this video which highlights some of the work from the successful campaign https://vimeo.com/285269573