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Awards for green-fingered city volunteers

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

HORTICULTURAL and environmental volunteers who have helped their neighbourhoods to blossom have won range of awards for their efforts.

Dozens of independent groups from across Leicester turned out for the Volunteer Awards Night 2016, at City Hall, on Thursday, October 27, for the results of the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s 'It's Your Neighbourhood' and ‘Bloom’ schemes.

The awards cover a range of local projects encouraging people to get involved in gardening schemes to improve their areas.

Projects have included community allotments, hanging baskets and planters, and improvements to community gardens. Edible crops grown as part of the schemes are shared among the group and the local community. 

Eight groups received a top Level Five - 'Outstanding' award, representing the pinnacle of RHS community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

A further 11 groups won Level Four - 'Thriving' status, five groups took awards at the Level Three - 'Advancing' stage, with 10 groups receiving Level - Two 'Improving' awards and four groups being recognised with Level One - 'Establishing' awards.

In addition, the ‘Evington in Bloom’ scheme won a Silver Gilt Award in the regional East Midlands in Bloom Urban Community category.

As part of the same submission, The Dove pub in Evington took a Bronze Award, Mayflower Primary school won a Silver Award for the Best School Garden award, and two Church of God volunteers received a judge’s award for the rear church garden they tend to.

Evington in Bloom also won a national RHS Britain in Bloom Silver award, representing Leicester and the East Midlands for the Urban Community Category.

The Parks and Open Spaces special trophies were awarded to Mollie Miles for her dedicated volunteering at Knighton Park. She received the Outstanding Contribution Award.

The Volunteer Project Award went to the Friends of Highway Spinney for their Level Five award, their new floral displays and for improving nearby raised beds that are outside the normal Highway Spinney boundary.

Others who were recognised in the ceremony included the city’s Green Hat Leaders and Park Force volunteers, who dedicate their time to improving parks and waterways across the city, with further awards to be made in the coming days.

Leicester Assistant City Mayor for heritage, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, presented the volunteers with their certificates at the event.

He said: “The fantastic work done by these groups has a huge impact on their communities, making them look their best and encouraging people to take pride in their streets and parks.

“It is great to see so many people getting involved, and these awards are a fitting way to recognise all their efforts.”

Information on the scheme is available at: