WREXHAM is celebrating a blooming great success after grabbing a top award at the annual Wales in Bloom contest.
The town achieved the gold award in the city category, the first time it has ever taken the accolade after winning the silver gilt in 2012.
Councillors have said they believe the award will give a boost to the town’s image.
Last month judges took in a new route calling at Holt Village, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Borras Infant School, Acton Park, Prices Lane allotments, Crescent Road gardens and then through the town centre, before finishing outside the Guildhall.
Also among the winners were Rhos, which earned a merit in the class four small town category, Chirk which came second in the class five small town category with Johnstown taking a merit in the same category.
Cllr Bob Dutton, lead member for environment at Wrexham Council, said: “This is really great news. Wrexham has aimed for and achieved the superb Wales in Bloom gold.
“The town has been close to this standard over the years with several lower awards but this is solid confirmation of the drive and commitment of Wrexham staff, community councils, community groups and volunteers. Their efforts are appreciated, acknowledged and celebrated by this prestigious award.
“My thanks are offered to all concerned in this significant boost to the town's image.”
Johnstown councillor David A Bithell has spoken of his delight at the village’s achievement.
Judges visited Johnstown Infant School, the community gardens on Bangor Road, Stryt Las Country Park and the miners wheel.
“This is the first time that Johnstown has entered this category in its own right and it bodes well for the future,” said Cllr Bithell.
“A lot of work has been done by the community council, schools, local businesses and volunteers to make Johnstown a clean and tidy place to live.”