Stonefield Park in Stone has scooped a prestigious Britain in Bloom award.
The popular park has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in the Parks in Bloom category of the competition.
Stonefield Park has been awarded Silver-Gilt. This is given to an entrant that has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout and has been exceptionally thorough in one or more areas.
The recipient is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future.
It is the latest honour for the park, which earlier this year received a Green Flag award – given to the best open spaces in the country – for the first time.
Stonefield Park, located in the heart of Stone, is popular with visitors of all ages. It was opened by Sir Ernest Johnson on the 24 March 1928, containing formal flowerbeds, a bandstand, two tennis courts and a bowling green. With the exception of the bandstand these features still remain today.
The park also benefits from a ‘Friends’ group, set up by the Borough Council, who have helped get it in prime condition, working on everything from flower beds to general repairs and repainting benches.
Awarding Stonefield Park the Silver-Gilt, Britain in Bloom judges described it as “a lovely, clean and tidy community park with colourful floral displays and various shrub areas.”
They also recognised the work of the Friends Group, the volunteers from Stone in Bloom, the carpet bedding display on site that is available for charities and organisations to make a donation towards, and the consideration shown to residents living next to the park.
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said:
This is a fantastic achievement. A tremendous amount of hard work is put in to ensure our parks rank among the very best in the country and everyone involved in their upkeep, as well as residents across the Borough, should be proud.”