Three wins for town gardens

Lytham in Bloom Trust's Jim Leak and SITA UK's assistant manager Raymond Walker.

Lytham in Bloom Trust's Jim Leak and SITA UK's assistant manager Raymond Walker.

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LYTHAM scored a hat-trick at the Britain in Bloom awards this weekend.

Gardens and projects from the Fylde coast beat 1,200 other communities to scoop the prizes.

Lytham was handed the Gold and Joint Category Winner in the Small Coastal Resort category at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom National Awards.

St Bede’s High School won the RHS Britain in Bloom School Award, recognised for their energy saving efforts.

The school, on Talbot Road, was congratulated for its green credentials after it saved 17 tonnes of CO2 a year thanks to the installation of a ground source heat pump.

And Jim Leak, chairman of Lytham in Bloom Trust, made it three wins for the town as he took home the RHS Community Champion Award.

Mr Leak said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Small Coastal Resort category.

“It means so much to everybody in Lytham and is a truly wonderful reward for all our hard work throughout the year.”

The winners were announced by Matt Baker, of BBC’s The One Show, at the Bloom National Awards ceremony held in St Peter Port, Guernsey, on Saturday night.

They had been chosen by a team of 14 volunteer judges who toured the UK looking for horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility in people’s work.

Mr Leak added: “It has lifted the spirits of the whole town and will drive us to achieve even more next year.

“I am really proud of everyone who has taken part.

“We hope even more people come to our town to enjoy our stunning public parks and flower displays.”