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 on two occasions earlier this year, once unannounced and once on a guided judging route and examined standards of horticulture, cleanliness and efforts made by the community.
Vistors on the tour witnessed pond dipping at Tidbury Green School, a prayer at St Alphege Church and a cream tea at Shakespeare Drive Allotments.
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.
Cabinet Member for Quality of Life and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen said: “This competition is all about having pride in where we live and keeping our borough clean and green too - and we don’t accomplish this on our own. Residents, community groups, and local businesses, all pitch in to help us keep Solihull looking its best. Combined with the Gold award that we won in the regional competition, this is a fantastic achievement - well done to everyone involved.”
If you would like to help and support Solihull in Bloom, log on to www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullinbloom to find out more or call 0121 704 6546.