Proud villagers are celebrating again after their green fingers lifted a silver gilt medal in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.
The results of the contest were a closely guarded secret until Saturday night, when the results were announced and prizes presented at the Royal Horticultural Society’s award ceremony in Cleethorpes.
Trevor Oaten, a member of the Luddenden in Bloom group, a sub-group of Luddenden Conservation Society, attended the ceremony to see the community scoop its award in the ‘Village’ category.
The group issued a statement which said: “Luddenden’s continued involvement in the ‘in Bloom’ initiative shows how committed villagers are in their attempts to improve the place we live in, not just for people but for wildlife as well.
“The award is just the icing on the cake to show that our efforts are appreciated and it is an acknowledgement of the things we do in the village.
“The Luddenden in Bloom group could not have achieved this award without the support of the varied community groups and the residents of the village.”
Britain in Bloom judges Mark Vasilewski and Mel Henley toured Luddenden earlier in the year when the village was a riot of colour.
They were full of praise not only for the way the ‘in Bloom’ group had integrated the architecture from the age of the cloth mills into their floral displays but the extent to which the whole community was engaged in the project.
The judges said: “Clearly the ‘Bloom’ is a lot of fun here in Luddenden. Well funded and supported, we are confident that the ‘Bloom’ campaign will continue from strength to strength.”
The award is the latest in a string of accolades Luddenden has received for its ‘in Bloom’ efforts. Its first entry in the competition was in 1998, and since then it has won gold and silver awards in both Yorkshire in Bloom and Britain in Bloom, culminating in a gold medal and ‘Village’ category triumph in the national competition in 2011.