Residents in Thornbury are cracking open the champagne after the town's Britain in Bloom committee won the Gold Award in the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) best town in bloom category. All images: Harry Kretchmer
The recognition is a high honour for Thornbury's Britain in Bloom committee and means that months of hard work and dirty fingers have paid off.
The Britain in Bloom competition is the largest horticultural competition in Europe, with more than 1100 communities across the UK taking part in 2009.
67 finalists were chosen to represent their region or nation in the 2009 UK finals, with businesses in Thornbury spending about £6000 on flowers for this year's entry.
Each entry is judged on its floral displays, permanent landscaping, sustainable development, environmental initiatives, public awareness and community participation.
Thornbury was up against Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales, Morpeth in Northumberland, Oakham in Leicestershire, and Rustington in West Sussex, in the RHS Town category.
RHS judges Mark Wasilewski and Jim Knight said: "The visitor to this attractive colourful West Country setting will leave with the impression of a well-looked after and loved town."
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