THE borough of Solihull has been awarded gold in the city category of the Heart of England in Bloom 2009 awards.
Solihull also won Overall Regional Winner, and has been nominated for the city category in the national 2010 Britain in Bloom awards.
Judges took into account a wide variety of factors when deciding on the winners, including the contributions made by the community and local businesses.
Solihull scored highly in all three categories – Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.
Merit awards were won by the council’s volunteer group the Environmental Champions, and also Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. Windmill Park Residents’ Association were also accredited with an outstanding certification.
The Council’s Junior Park Rangers - young volunteers who help out in the local parks - were also recognised for their efforts.