STONEHOUSE IN Bloom has achieved gold and has been crowned winner in the Best Small Town category of RHS Heart of England in Bloom 2023.

SIB volunteers Lin Powell and Janet Chambers received the award on behalf of the group at a ceremony in Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.

Chair of SIB Pam Swain said: “The ongoing support of Stonehouse Town Council and the countless community groups, businesses, grant providers, and residents who have assisted us is greatly appreciated.

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"We are particularly grateful to those who volunteer their time to help us maintain the appearance of the displays by watering and picking up litter.

"Thank you for helping us maintain the displays and keeping them in top condition.

"You all should be incredibly proud, as this award belongs to you.

"We want to extend our congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen!”

RHS Judge Mark Wiltshire visited Stonehouse on a rainy July 4 and toured the town during the morning to see SIB projects and meet community groups and volunteers.

Stonehouse in Bloom is a volunteer-led group, supported by Stonehouse Town Council and numerous community organisations and town businesses, which have contributed financially and in kind.

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