Published: Thursday, 8th September 2022
The public open space teams at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk are celebrating being category winners and winning gold at Anglia in Bloom.
The results of the East of England’s premier environmental and floral competition were announced on Wednesday 7 September. King’s Lynn & West Norfolk were overall winners in four categories, won gold in three and a special recognition for Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds.
The results were:
- Hunstanton: Gold and category winner Coastal Town
- King’s Lynn: Gold and category winner Small City
- Mintlyn Crematorium: Gold in Crematoriums
- Hunstanton Redgate Roundabout: Best Sustainable Planting
- Hunstanton Esplanade Gardens: Best Public Open Space
- Mike Ames Award for the person who has given time and energy to promote the aims and ambitions of 'In Bloom': Nomination for Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds
Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said:
“This is absolutely fantastic news. We put a lot of effort into providing quality public open space because it has a really positive impact on people’s wellbeing and we know from coming out of COVID how much our residents in west Norfolk appreciate their environment.
“To win awards in Anglia in Bloom you have to involve your community, encourage biodiversity and continually raise standards of the environment.
“The number of our awards shows how well we are doing that and I would like to thank all our operatives who take such pride in their work and make west Norfolk such a wonderful place to live.”
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, heritage and cycling champion, who has been involved with parks and open spaces in the borough for nearly 20 years and regularly volunteers at the weekly King’s Lynn Park Run added:
“I started working with our teams back in 2004 when we received Heritage Lottery Funding for The Walks and Tower Gardens in King’s Lynn.
“Everywhere I go I talk about 'In Bloom' and meet many enthusiastic local groups who want to play their part improving our area. I’ve talked to parish and town councils about getting involved. I’m also delighted that local groups and school children have played their part too.
“Gardening is so enjoyable, and I’m pleased that so many residents enjoy and help improve our green spaces. This recognition inspires not only our staff who work hard in our parks and gardens but the many residents who look after them too.”