CHESTER has again been crowned as the North West in Bloom Best City at an awards ceremony held at the new Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool.
Chester has come to dominate the City category of this annual competition, which looks at the efforts made by all sectors to maintain attractive surroundings.
At their visit in July, the judges were particularly impressed by the quality of floral and landscape displays, wildlife and conservation schemes and the overall cleanliness of the city.
Having retained the Best City Award for the third year running, the North West in Bloom organising committee also chose Chester to represent the region in the Britain in Bloom national competition next year.
Chester Zoo again collected the award for best tourist attraction and Rowton Hall for best hotel.
Councillor Eric Plenderleath executive member for culture & community accepted the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, accompanied by Jules Miller from Kingsway Allotments and Clive Roberts from the city council.
Councillor Plenderleath said: “We were delighted to collect this prestigious award again in a very special year for gardens in Cheshire. The inspection of the city included our open spaces, the general environment, and education and community projects. It was the quality of this work that persuaded the judging panel to recommend Chester.
“The nomination to represent the region in the national competition next year is an honour and a fitting reward for the efforts of the in bloom team and our many partners and sponsors.
“Planning for 2009 is already under way with the first judges visit expected in the spring and we would be delighted to hear from any new potential sponsors and supporters to help us secure a coveted national award for Chester.”