Pan looking towards Browns Lane

Loughborough in Bloom 2016

The 2016 theme embraced the RHS theme of ‘Greening Grey Britain for Health and Happiness’. After months of hard work, Loughborough was awarded gold and crowned Best Small City in the East Midlands in Bloom awards.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Lead Member for Leisure and Open Spaces, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all partners, volunteers, officers and others who have shown great enthusiasm, hard work and imagination this year.

“The community groups and businesses have really excelled themselves and I have received many comments from residents and those visiting Loughborough as to how very beautiful everything has been. Queen’s Park has never looked better; this is a fantastic achievement  for Loughborough and everyone involved.”

Local awards

  • Best Residential Garden – Harry and Pat Cook, of the Forest Road Green Belt Gardeners
  • Best School Garden – Cobden Primary School
  • Best Pub/Hotel – Quorn Grange Hotel (for the entire East Midlands)

Our partners Quadron and Serco were given a judges’ award for their continued support of Loughborough in Bloom and Queen’s Park won the TDP Limited East Midlands In Bloom award for Horticultural Excellence in Parks.

Clear Cut Conservation won the Most Inspiring It’s Your Neighbourhood award and Quorn picked up silver in the Small Town category.


1) Best Spring Bulb Display – Harry Cook

2) Best Pub –  1st  The Beacon, 2nd Moon And Bell, 3rd Griffin

3) Front Garden Hanging Basket – Susan Simpson, Clowbridge Drive

4) Best Guest House – New Life Guest House – 121 Ashby Road Loughborough

5) Retail Business – Putts of Nottingham Road, 2nd Tylers, joint 3rd transfigure and Twiggers

6) School Garden – Mountfields Lodge School

7) School Recycling Scheme – Mountfields Lodge School

8 ) School Wildlife Garden – Mountfields Lodge School

9)   Best Allotment – Tony Holstrom – Park Farm Allotments

10) Front Garden – Harry Cook – Runner up last years winner Susan Simpson of Clowbridge Drive


East Midlands in Bloom – Loughborough ResultsBloom Certificate 2010Bloom Certificate

Harry Cook - LIB Certificate 2010

Loughborough was competing in the Small City Category and managed a Silver Gilt for 2010. This was an improvement on 2009 when we achieved a Silver.

We also received the following special awards:

  • T & D Randalls Waste Systems Award for the Least Littered Environment.
  • Judges Award for the Members of the Thorpe Acre Residents Association, who have enthusiastically carried out improvements, planting and care of their local green.

Finally, Mr Harry Cook of Forest Road, Loughborough received the Frank Constable Award for the Best Front Garden.

Community Groups

FIVE community groups have been recognised for playing a massive part in helping Loughborough’s In Bloom bid.

Voluntary Action Charnwood, Glebe House Project, Thorpe Acre Residents’ Association, Chapman Street Gardening Association and Shelthorpe Community Association all worked hard on gardening projects to impress East Midlands In Bloom judges.

Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Jill Vincent, and East Midlands In Bloom Chairman Jeff Bates, presented each group with a Royal Horticultural Society In Your Neighbourhood Award at a special ceremony at Charnwood Borough Council’s offices.

Their efforts helped the overall Loughborough In Bloom entry which won a Silver Gilt Award in the recent East Midlands In Bloom awards.

Cllr Peter Lewis, Charnwood Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “I’m absolutely delighted these awards recognise the communities who rallied round and got their hands dirty.

“Without the enthusiasm and community spirit of these wonderful people, Loughborough In Bloom would never have been such a resounding success.

“They are an inspiration to other communities who I hope will take up the baton and join the In Bloom effort again next year.”

Rob Cockburn, Charnwood Borough Council’s Loughborough In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “Not only did we achieve a Silver Gilt award, but Loughborough was also awarded for being the least-littered environment in the whole East Midlands which is just amazing.

“These groups played a major part in these achievements. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with all of the community groups and to see how their projects developed.”

Local Awards

The results of this year’s local competitions were as follows:

Best Blooming Front Garden CompetitionHarry Cooks Garden

The winner for 2010 was Susan Simpson and the remaining places were awarded as follows:

2nd Harry Cooke
3rd Bet Buchanan
4th Roger and Glenys Gentle
5th John Cope

Best School Garden

The winner was Mountfields School and they were presented with a certificate and engraved trophy & a £10 gift voucher kindly sponsored by Continental Landscapes. They will also be entered into next year’s Regional EMIB competition in the ‘Special Awards Category.

Tallest Sunflower

Primary Schools Competition. (Combined height of six tallest flowers)

1st – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School – 38ft 4in
2nd – Loughborough Church of England Primary School – 38ft 1in
3rd – Outwoods Edge Primary School – 36ft 7in
Highly Commended – Cobden, Holywell and Robert Bakewell.

Individual Competition:

1st – Ronnie & Zach Morris – Sunflower at Buckingham Drive – 14ft 6in.
2nd – Khyle & Chloe Limmage – Sunflower at Beaumont Road – 12’31/2in.
3rd – Adam & Faye Clarke – Sunflower at Pytchley Drive – 11ft 2in.
5 others were Highly commended having reached a height of at least 6ft.

Other Best Blooming Competitions

There are also several other competitions which are open to members of the public, schools and businesses in the Loughborough area and these are listed as follows:

Competition Placings
Best Spring Bulb Display Harry Cooke
Best Hanging Basket Nancy Cope
Best Allotment Plot Andrea Jackson & Arthur Goulde – Park Farm Allotments
Best School Recycling Scheme Mountfileds School
Best Pub/Hotel/Guest House/Restaurant 1st The Beacon
2nd The Griffin
3rd The Moon and Bell
Best Retail Business Tylers
Best Business or Office Unit Environmental Waste Control Ltd

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