The Britain In Bloom judges were in the area last week, visiting a town that won gold last year – and a town that had never entered the competition before.
The gold medal winning town was Market Harborough.
Last year, Market Harborough won the East Midlands ‘large town’ section of the competition, and then went on the national stage, where they won a gold medal.
A spokesman for Britain in Bloom said: “Market Harborough’s medal, the highest available, confirms its position as one of the greenest and most beautiful large towns in the country.”
Chairman of the Market Harborough in Bloom Volunteers Ken Hook said: “We have a fantastic group of volunteers, sponsors and support from local businesses, the district and county council.”
The newbie this year was Desborough, which has never entered the In Bloom competition before.
A spokesperson for Desborough In Bloom – which entered the ‘small town’ category of the contest – said: “We’re in it to win it, and many people have worked hard.
“But as it’s our first year, we’re in for the experience more than anything else. It will be interesting to hear what the judges have to say.”