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Manor Royal hailed a blooming success
Manor Royal was among the champions honoured at this year's South and South East in Bloom competition.
The business district scooped a silver award and was hailed as the overall winner for the Business Improvement District category during a special ceremony at Brighton & Hove Albion's American Express Community Stadium on Wednesday 17 September.
It was the first time Manor Royal had entered the annual competition in its own right and executive director Steve Sawyer said the award was recognition for the efforts being made to improve the business district.
"Our success is all down to brilliant team effort, strong partnerships and fantastic community support," he added. "It's a well-deserved reward for everyone's hard work and enthusiasm."
Earlier in the year the South and South East in Bloom judges visited Manor Royal and were given a tour of the business district, which included a visit to the Crawter's Brook People's Park, visited a number of businesses, and heard about plans for the area.
"It wasn't anything to do with hanging baskets," Mr Sawyer continued. "It was about the horticulture, the environment, what we had achieved to date and how sustainable our plans for the future were. The commitment of businesses was also taken into consideration and the judges were obviously impressed by what they found."
The competition is the cornerstone of communities and districts across the region but is also part of the largest horticultural campaign in Europe.
Entries are invited each year across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey, Dorset and Wiltshire for communities to make positive and lasting sustainable improvements to their environments. Expert judges tour the region and award marks based on a range of criteria.