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This year has seen the 50th Anniversary of the County’s Best Kept Villages and Small Towns competition with 128 communities from all districts across the county entering and competition was fierce.
The competition has grown over the years to now represent communities in five categories based on population size. It encourages communities to take pride in their surroundings and work together to raise local environmental standards. Communities are judged on factors such as Green Spaces, Community Buildings and Good Environmental Practice.
This year there was a new category to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Shops in the larger communities were given the opportunity to become involved and be assessed to help gain points and win a £200 voucher for floral displays for their community. The category was sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses’ Real-Life Entrepreneurs project and was won by Caistor in West Lindsey, a community that has been successful in recent years in the Small Market Towns category.
Michael Self of the FSB Lincolnshire Region, welcomed the opportunity to be involved with the 50th Anniversary . “Local shops are vital to the wellbeing of our rural communities in Lincolnshire and the FSB was delighted to sponsor this category in this, the Competition’s 50th year.”
The competition is run by Community Lincs in partnership with CPRE and sponsorship from the County and District Councils, with continued support from Pennells Garden Centres. County Organiser, Teresa Palmer says ‘’It was a delight to see so many villages enter this year that have not entered for some time. We were keen to celebrate the 50th anniversary and recognise all the hard work contributed by hundreds of volunteers over the years in preparing their communities together with the work of the judges. Lincolnshire has some of the most proactive community members in the country, with some of the best environments to live in”.
There will be an awards ceremony during November, to which all the finalist will be invited, as it is the 50th Anniversary of the competition there will be some special awards to celebrate the half century. Richard Pennell will present an award for the community that has gained the most points in the competitions’ history, the winner of this will be revealed at the ceremony. Richard’s family have been donating trees from Pennell’s Garden Centres since 1964, so the company have a long standing relationship with the competition.
For more information, please call Teresa Palmer, Competition Organiser, at Community Lincs on 01529 302466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org