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Newark awarded the Least-Littered Environment in the East Midlands in Bloom competition


By Rachel Armitage


Newark has been crowned the tidiest place in the region as it retained its gold standard in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

The town was awarded the Least-Littered Environment in the East Midlands trophy along with its gold accolade.

The Least-Littered Environment trophy is a discretionary award to praise communities for their especially-clean town centres, while the gold award marks the achievement in the large town category.

Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council Rob Crowe and Rita Crowe, Mayor Irene Brown, along with reps from the town council, Newark in Bloom volunteers, district council waste management staff, district council grounds maintenance staff. (18283956)
Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council Rob Crowe and Rita Crowe, Mayor Irene Brown, along with reps from the town council, Newark in Bloom volunteers, district council waste management staff, district council grounds maintenance staff. (18283956)

Steve Nicholson, chairman of Newark In Bloom, said: “It’s a real privilege to have won the gold award for the third time, not to mention being recognised as the least littered town in the whole competition.

“On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and hard work as well as support from both the district and town councils.”

The awards follow Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Cleaner, Safer and Greener campaign, which focused on making the district a place to be proud of, with a dedicated, full-time street cleansing operative to ensure Newark town centre is kept clean and rubbish-free.

District council leisure and environment committee chairman, Roger Jackson, said: “A huge volume of time and hard work goes in to the upkeep of the town by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers

and being handed the Gold East Midlands in Bloom award for a third consecutive year is testament to this.

“We are also delighted that Newark has been officially recognised as being the Least Littered town in the whole of the East Midlands. Town centres are the centre point of our communities and we are

so grateful to those who tirelessly keep the area clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.”

East Midlands in Bloom judges visited the town in July, and inspected Sconce and Devon Park, Otter Park, The Holt, Lockside Garden, Market Place and other areas.

The judges assessed the town on its horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation.

For the gold award, litter picking sessions, new flower beds, fruit trees, Civil War statues and upgraded litter bins all contributed towards success in the large town category of the award, which forms part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign.



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