CROSBY’S gardeners have been celebrating a successful night at this year’s North West In Bloom awards.
Crosby and Waterloo both contributed to an excellent evening for Sefton at the regional awards ceremony after they picked up the Silver Gilt Award in the small coastal resort category.
There was even greater success at the previous night’s Neighbourhood Awards with three areas in Crosby – Cheyne Close, Murat Grove and St Luke’s Church – all receiving a level 5 “outstanding” mark for their entries.
The result was a huge relief for Ian Hamilton Fazey, of Waterloo Residents Association, who had feared the area would not be able to keep up its usual high standard.
“We were very fearful about this year’s competition and maintaining the level we were used to,” said Ian.
“Due to the cuts, the council have had to let a lot of areas go and things like cutting grass were not being maintained.
“The council give us what they can to help out, but they can’t do what they used to, so this was a triumph for a very dedicated group of volunteers and we are so chuffed.”
Ian was particularly complimentary of the Friends of Moor Park and the residents at Cheyne Park for what he called “a magnificent effort”.
“This really was a triumph of volunteering, especially after the summer we have had which has caused havoc.
“The whole community have made a wonderful contribution.”
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure said: "We are very proud of all our green and colourful surroundings across the whole of the borough and these have rightfully been recognised in the awards.
"In the Neighbourhoods entries, so many groups now get involved working together to make a real difference to their local communities.
"Thanks must go to all the groups involved and hopefully more and more of them will come forward next year and submit their own entries with our support."