A community is celebrating after being awarded gold status in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
Whittington and Fisherwick scooped the parish accolade, with judges praising the “incredible” work carried out.
The win comes on the back of other environmental awards for work to install green energy initiatives and reduce fossil fuel usage.
The judges’ statement said: “It is the second year that Whittington and Fisherwick in Bloom have entered the competition and the judges felt that the improvements the committee had achieved in such a short period of time were incredible and in most cases excellent.
“It was a pleasure to be shown the outstanding work carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers and we were delighted with the improvements made to the village – an excellent effort and worthy of a Gold award.”
The visit by the judges saw them taken to Woodhouse Community Farm, Swan Meadow, St Giles Hospice garden, Middleton Bridge Garden and Jubilee Community Orchard.
In addition to which there was a stop at a magnificent private garden owned by Nigel and Mary Lawson, which resulted in the couple being awarded the regional Special Prize for Horticultural Excellence.
Over the last 25 years the Lawsons have reated a sunken woodland garden with terraces, well stocked banks and borders and two streams leading to a pond at the bottom.
The judges described it as “a truly amazing garden maintained to perfection and worthy of the award”.
Mike Kinghan, lead organiser for the Whittington and Fisherwick Bloom initiative said: “This is a fantastic accolade for the parish and a tribute to the marvellous community spirit and dedication of all of the volunteers who commit so much time and energy to make Whittington and Fisherwick such a beautiful and wildlife-friendly place to live.
“It’s a great inspiration for us to redouble our efforts to conserve biodiversity and improve our environment.”