Dunstable was once again triumphant at the Anglia in Bloom (AIB) awards, bouncing back with Gold after a spate of vandalism and making residents proud.
The town was award a Gold award in the large town category (12,001 - 35,000 residents), a Gold and overall winner in the parks category (large, over ten acres) for Priory Gardens, a Gold for Grove House Gardens in parks (medium, five to ten acres), a Gold for Dunstable Cemetery in churchyards, cemeteries and crematoriums, and a Bronze for The Sugar Loaf in Best Public House.
The Golds are a sign of the community and council’s commitment, as they worked quickly to restore displays that were vandalised at Ashton Square car park and The Quadrant in June.
John Crawley, head of Grounds and Environmental Services at Dunstable Town Council, said: “We’re pretty buoyant giving the vandalism we had this year. This is great news for us and shows that the town recovered.
“Myself, The Mayor Cllr John Kane, Sarah Woodruff, secretary of Dunstable in Bloom, and Cllr Liz Jones, chief of Grounds and Environmental Services, attended the awards ceremony to see what we could get.
“Most pleasing was the gold medal and overall winner for Priory Gardens.
“I think what stood out are obviously the floral displays, which are marvellous, but it’s got a lovely historic context and we always have a full events programme encouraging people into the gardens.
“Everyone has come together - it’s about the people - the volunteers, the Friends group, the council.”
Other nominations for Special Awards included: Gardening Club at Priory View - Grow Your Own ; Blows Down Hayfield - Biodiversity; Ashton Grove - Industrial / Commercial Area; Dunstable Town Council - Local Authority Floral Display; Town Ranger Service - Environmental Quality.
John added that next year the judges are hoping to see more Dunstable pubs involved in the competition.