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Friday, September 16, 2005

Great News! (2nd entry of the day!)

Sheffield wins European Gold
Sheffield has beaten off tough competition from cities in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Slovenia to win Gold in the prestigious Entente Florale (Europe in Bloom) Competition. The results were announced at the Oscar style awards ceremony in Hungary on Friday 9th September.

Sheffield was also awarded the Special Award for the most meaningful contribution to the quality of life for disabled people in the city. This was especially awarded for the work of the Green fingers group in Crown Hill.

Entente Florale
Sheffield has been successful in securing gold in Entente Florale! The result was announced in a glittering Oscars-style ceremony which was held in Budapest, Hungary on Friday night (September 9th).

In the Towns and Cities category, Sheffield beat off competition from Baden in Austria, Mako in Hungary, Le Plesis-Robinson in France and Potsdam in Germany amongst others.

Sheffield was also presented with the Special Award for the most meaningful contribution to the quality of life for disabled people in the city - an award given especially for the work of the Green Fingers Group in Crown Hill.

The Entente Florale competition judges European cities and towns against strict criteria in relation to their floral displays, environmental management and management of parks and green spaces. The competition also takes into account initiatives that directly impact on environmental sustainability, regeneration, education and training, and neighbourhood renewal.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Green Spaces, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won Gold. I would like to thank all the residents, businesses, local communities and education facilities for all the hard work and support they have shown during the last few months.

"The judges were delighted with everything that they saw on the judging tour. They were also impressed with the manner in which we had embraced and built on our steel heritage. Prime examples of this were the statue of the Buffer Girl and Steel Man outside the Town Hall, and the Winter Garden."

John Charlton, Director of Street Force added: "I am grateful for the amazing support from local residents, businesses and voluntary communities as well as the City Council staff, who have contributed so much towards Sheffield winning a Gold award.

"It really has been a Team Sheffield effort and all residents can take pride in their city's success in this prestigious European competition."

Sheffield - Greenest City in Europe.
At long last my hometown’s verdant credentials have been officially recognised: Last Friday Sheffield won a gold medal in the Entente Florale competition in Budapest, so we can now officially describe it as “the greenest city in Europe”. This recognition is particularly welcome as it comes at a time when our parks and open spaces are finally showing signs of recovery after many years of cutbacks and neglect (thanks a bunch, Baroness Thatcher, you vindictive old skinflint). (Read more...)

My picture of the Steel Man last year.

Me talking about the Entente Florale entry in July this year.

Fantastic description of why Sheffield is cool, by ellarien.

Entente Florale Wiki.

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