Published on 24th September 2015

lake surrounded by trees and shrubs

A number of parks across Cheltenham have achieved awards for their high standards in a pilot scheme ran this year by the RHS Britain in Bloom - It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign.

Imperial Gardens and Hatherley Park obtained a Gold Award; Montpellier Gardens achieved a Silver Guilt and Sandford Park received Silver.

The RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) campaign supports community groups in cleaning up and greening up their immediate local environment - whether that’s the street they live in, or a small patch of communal land needing a revamp.

The results given by the judges reflect the high standards and hard work achieved by Cheltenham Borough Council and community groups associated with each space.

Adam Reynold, green space development manager, says: “We’re delighted to receive these awards for a number of our parks. I’d like to thank The Heart of England in Bloom Committee - a voluntary group who organised the regional entries for the RHS Britain in Bloom - It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign. Volunteers and community groups put so much time into maintaining high standards in our parks and it’s fantastic their work has been recognised in this way.”

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, added: “What a great achievement. It just goes to show what can be accomplished when councils, communities and residents work together to improve their environment. Thank you to all those that play their part in helping maintain our beautiful parks.”

For press enquiries contact: Laura Carter, communications officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, telephone 01242 264154, email [email protected]