IT was a night of success for Northwich’s blooming marvellous floral efforts as town projects picked up four prizes at the RHS’ annual awards ceremony for the north west.

The North West in Bloom awards were presented in Southport on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, with Northwich Business Improvement District winning a silver gilt medal in both the BID and large town categories.

Grozone community garden, in Rudheath, scooped a pair of prizes, recognised with an ‘Outstanding’ certificate as well as a special RHS discretionary award called ‘Wild About Gardens’.

BID manager Jane Hough was on hand to collect the awards last week.

She said: “To receive the prestigious Silver Gilt award in two separate categories is testament to the hard work that our partners, businesses and volunteers put in to help transform Northwich.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped Northwich bloom and it further highlights the brilliant teamwork and community spirit that exists here in the town.”

Jon Hutchinson, programme director for communities at Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, helps oversee provision at Grozone Community Garden and was thrilled with the double-award win.

“The work Grozone does for the community is vital. We provide opportunities for people to connect, learn and build positive relationships. It is fantastic that the efforts from staff and volunteers at Grozone have been recognised with such prestigious awards.

“We will continue to try and ensure that Grozone is an oasis for people and wildlife, and awards like this give us more determination to make it even better.”

Northwich businesses and the community also helped out on a range of projects ahead of the judges’ visit on August 6. This included planting in Vickersway Park and at St Helen’s Church, as well as window displays, colourful shop frontages and a Barons Quay wildflower garden.