Going for Gold in Macclesfield
Macclesfield in Bloom was awarded a Silver Gilt medal in the Britain in Bloom awards for the first time.
In these darker months of winter, it is great to be reminded of the glorious technicolour of the summer.
And to help us with this, it has been announced that Macclesfield in Bloom was awarded a Silver Gilt medal in the Britain in Bloom awards for the first time. Just one short of the Gold Medal, the Silver Gilt is an achievement beyond last year’s Silver Medal.
Macclesfield has only been entered in the competition for the past 2 years and builds on the displays installed by Macclesfield Town Council, but draws on the support and hard work of a number of volunteers who give their time and energy to improve spaces where they live, work and spend time.
The town was entered in the Small City category (populations over 50,000), a very competitive group, with much larger towns and cities vying for the awards. The judges came to Macclesfield in July and were shown round the town by the Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Janet Jackson MBE, John Williams, who is leading the Macc in Bloom group’s development and engagement, and our very own Town Ranger, who has been working with volunteers as well as on his own to plant more and more areas in the town.
During the visit, the judges stopped at the Community Garden Centre, Heritage Walk, Water Street, Christchurch, Sparrow Park, St Michael’s and businesses in the town centre.
Pete Turner, The Town Clerk of Macclesfield, commented on the award that,
“it was a lovely day to meet the judges and introduce them to the people who have been working so hard to add colour and brightness to the town. The judges seemed to really enjoy seeing all the displays, particularly the work of the volunteers and businesses and I would like to thank everyone who is taking the time and effort to help with the civic pride of the town.
“Next year we want to go for gold for Macclesfield and we are looking for any volunteers, residents or groups who have ideas of how they can be part of Macc in Bloom. We at Macclesfield Council will happily help and support them in any way we can to bring some more colour to the town. We are also looking for businesses who want to get involved and thanks to those who made such an effort this year.”
If you would like to get involved as a group, individual or business, or have an idea for a Macc in Bloom project, you can contact the team through Macclesfield Town Council on 01625 374142 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find the town council on social media.