SOLIHULL came out smelling of roses after being named overall winner in the city category of the national Britain in Bloom competition.
The borough scooped a sliver-gilt award and 'Overall Winner' after representing the Heart of England region in the competition for the first time in 10 years. Winners of the competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), were announced on Wednesday.
The good news followed hot on the heels of the borough winning gold in the regional Heart of England in Bloom competition last week.
Judges visited Solihull twice, once unannounced and once on a guided route and examined standards of horticulture, cleanliness and community efforts.
The judges were particularly impressed with the improved environment created for residents and visitors alike, the involvement of the local community and the high quality of hanging baskets and floral displays particularly those carried out in partnership with retailers in Solihull town centre.
And the exceptionally high level of cleanliness across the whole borough also received high praises.