Blooming marvellous accolades for Brigg and Scawby in best-kept content
North Lincolnshire residents have been praised for their hard work in keeping their towns and villages in bloom.
Brigg and Scawby both came away with prizes in this year's Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Northern Lincolnshire Best Kept Village awards.
Brigg won the best small town category and Scawby came first in the small village category.
Carl Sherwood, Brigg Town Mayor, said the award was a credit to the hard work of the town's people.
"It is absolutely brilliant news," he said.
"It really is testament to the hard work and dedication put in by the community.
"I think one area that may have made Brigg stand out is the millennium green that has been turned in to something really nice, as before it was rather overgrown.
"Everybody has contributed towards this."
Each year, volunteers come together in the town as part of the town's annual spring clean.
Mr Sherwood said this had proved to be a real success this year, taking place prior to the Olympic torch relay and Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the town.
"The volunteers during the annual spring clean and the tidying up of the River Ancholme that the town council has invested in have made a real difference," he said.
"It really has been a case of the town council, North Lincolnshire Council and the local community all coming together."
Brigg traders also purchased hanging baskets to display outside their shops, bringing added colour to the Market Place.
Scawby has a long history of success in the competition and chairman of the parish council, Ray Matthews, said the residents deserved to be recognised.
"Scawby has been quite successful over the past number of years," he said.
"This is down to the work of the parish council that pays for the work to be carried out and the support we receive from the local people who take great care of their gardens.
"The whole community has to be applauded for making it such a delightful place to live in."
Mr Matthews said the village green was a clear example of the hard work the villagers put in to making Scawby presentable to both residents and visitors.
The CPRE said the standard this year was the highest yet.
David Rose, chairman of CPRE Northern Lincolnshire, said: "The Best Kept Village judges found it very hard to choose this year's winners because of the high standards across the board.
'We are extremely pleased at the efforts put in by local communities and commend them all for their efforts."
Presentations for the awards will take place on Monday, October 8 at the Angel Ballroom, in Brigg, starting at 7.30pm.