East Staffordshire’s entries into this year’s Heart of England In Bloom competition have shone once again with Burton upon Trent picking up its fourth consecutive Gold award and Tutbury achieving Silver Gilt in its first year of entry.. Individual awards have also been picked up by the Tutbury Eco-Power campaign, which won the competitions Environmental Award, and Paul Steed, the Council’s Green Spaces horticultural officer, was awarded a Certificate of Merit, which are presented to individuals, entries, businesses or groups that the Judge’s feel are worthy of a mention for outstanding support/achievement within a particular entry. East Stafforedshire Council have said they are thrilled that the hard work put in by the Council’s Green Spaces team, English Landscapes and of course the people of Burton and Tutbury have been recognised by the In bloom judges. “Burton and Tutbury both look outstanding this year. None of this success would have been achievable without the passion and community spirit clearly shown by everyone in Burton and Tutbury. Each year medals are awarded from Bronze, Silver, Silver –Gilt and Gold in each category. Because of its population size, Burton is entered into the Small City Category for the awards, a notoriously competitive section. This year the Council’s Green Spaces team, who organise the In Bloom entry, teamed up with the Waterways Festival, which was held in Burton at the end of July, to give the entry a nautical theme and new planting included a floral boat at the entrance to Shobnall Leisure Centre, donated by the festival organisers and planted up by pupils from Shobnall Primary School.