THE Black Country has proved once more that it is a green and pleasant land by scooping a host of prizes at this year's Heart of England in Bloom Awards.
The award ceremony was held last Thursday (12th September) and Black Country towns, parks and schools once again walked away with top prizes.
Heart of England in Bloom is the regional element of the Britain in Bloom Campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which encourages communities to work together to improve and enhance their local environment.
The Heart of England in Bloom region covers a wide area, from Gloucestershire to North Staffordshire, and includes Birmingham and the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Chairman of Heart of England in Bloom, Mike Garwood said "Everyone is proud to be involved with ‘In Bloom’ which is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe and even more so when they receive their prestigious awards!"
Understandably, the Black Country did best in the Urban Community Category, which was won outright by Moseley in Bloom, with gold awards going to Aldridge in Bloom, Bilston in Bloom and Bloxwich in Bloom, and Darlaston Town Centre Partnership and Willenhall in Bloom receiving silver awards.
Stourbridge in Bloom won a gold award in the Small City Category, which was jointly won by Shrewsbury and Tamworth, and Wolverhampton City Council received a gold award in the Large City Category.
The School Involvement in Heart of England Bloom Award went to Watling Street Primary School in Brownhills and the Quadron Heart of England in Bloom Grounds Maintenance Award was won by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council for Stevens Park, Wollescote, and Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge.