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Gravesham wins top awards for In Bloom competition

PUBLISHED: 15:25 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:25 17 September 2014

Gravesham won gold awards at the south east In Bloom

Gravesham won gold awards at the south east In Bloom

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The council leader praised the efforts of those who had contributed to the success

Gravesham has scooped a coveted gold award in the south and south east in Bloom competition announced this afternoon (September 17).

Council leader John Burden paid tribute to the community groups, schools, businesses and volunteers involved in this year’s displays.

He said: “The efforts of all concerned, especially those who gave so generously of their time, have been rightly recognised. The council is grateful that its efforts have been so passionately supported by those who truly care about our town.

“The basket and trough displays and the innovative Urban Knitters, scarecrows, banners and the boat of flowers have brightened up Gravesend. The experience has also led to several other initiatives to bring lasting improvements to the street scene here.”

Lead member for business and the community Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said: “Businesses this year responded better than ever and many specifically asked to be involved. It’s heartening to know that the lifeblood of the town still runs deep. Everyone involved is to be congratulated.”

The award was received by the Mayor of Gravesham John Caller with town centre manager Graham Long at the ceremony in the Amex stadium, Brighton. The town’s displays won silver gilt awards in the last two years but this year there was a special effort to “grow for gold”.

Shorne Woods Country Park, run by Kent County Council, but supported by Gravesham Borough Council, won gold in its category – Country Park of the Year.

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