Wisbech volunteers are pick of the bunch

Wisbech in Bloom celebrating its Silver Gilt award at Britain in Bloom ANL-141020-141621009

Wisbech in Bloom celebrating its Silver Gilt award at Britain in Bloom ANL-141020-141621009

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Green-fingered volunteers are celebrating after scooping a silver gilt in the Britain in Bloom award.

Wisbech in Bloom members travelled down to Bristol last week to pick up the silver gilt for the large town category of the prestigious Royal Horticultural competition.

But the town also scooped an award for transforming an eyesore into a beautiful garden, along with celebrating the hard work put in over two decades by Penny Stocks.

Mrs Stocks was presented with a community champion award during the ceremony on Thursday last week.

She said: “It was a complete surprise.

“It’s nice to receive the award but I do this for Wisbech and to make it a nice place to be. If I could swap my award for a gold for Wisbech, I would.

“It is great to bring a silver gilt back to the town and create some good news for Wisbech.”

The town was also celebrated with an It’s Your Neighbourhood Award to celebrate the work of the Centenary Garden in South Brink.

A total of £110,000 worth of funding from the National Trust and Fenland District Council has created an asset for Wisbech.The area now has railings and benches

Bob Ollier, Fenland District Council’s parks and open spaces manager, said: “We’re delighted with the silver gilt medal for Wisbech – it’s another great achievement.

“Penny has been involved with In Bloom for more than 20 years and made a massive contribution to Wisbech.

“She has been – and still is – an inspiration to all. I’m not sure where she finds the time but she motivates and works on so many projects to promote the town and show off all the beautiful things it has to offer.”