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Orbit’s Britain in Bloom awards grow again

Orbit is celebrating after winning a record number of Britain in Bloom awards at its Independent Living schemes this year, with 14 in total.  

Will Simmons, Regional Estates Manager, Dan Bird, Head of Estate Services, and Judith Whittingham, Estates Operative from Orbit pictured with Dave Tippings, Britain in Bloom judge at Malt Mill Lane

Orbit is celebrating after winning a record number of Britain in Bloom awards at its Independent Living schemes this year, with 14 in total.  

Three of those were presented with Level 5 ’outstanding’ awards by the Royal Horticultural Society in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, with Malt Mill Lane in Alcester receiving an overall gardening excellence award.

Dan Bird, Head of Estate Services at Orbit, said: “These awards are particularly exciting for us because they demonstrate that the work we have done, to improve the quality of the grounds maintenance across our estates and in our communities over the last year, has paid off and has been formally recognised.”

Orbit is focused on improving and expanding its own in-house teams to manage the grounds maintenance across its portfolio, including its Independent Living schemes. These teams have worked with gardening groups and volunteers from the schemes to improve the communal garden areas through community gardening

The Royal Horticultural Society's ‘It's Your Neighbourhood’ campaign is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved, such as those based at independent living schemes.

“This just goes to show what can be achieved with the right teams, working hard across our estate with our customers,” Dan added. “Everyone is really proud of their achievements and we hope that our customers are too.”

The full breakdown of awards for Orbit schemes are as follows:-

Level 5

Malt Mill Lane, Alcester                + overall gardening excellent award winner

Bushey Court, Bexley         

Tithe Lodge, Southam        

Level 4

Farrington Court, Welllesbourne

Flaxman Court, Bexley

Hayley House, Bexley

Queensway Court Leamington Spa

Shortwood Court, Coventry

Level 3

Caesar Court, Deal

Dorset Mews., Brighton

Jubilee Court, Alcester

Riverside Court, Daventry

Level 2

Melville House, Stratford upon Avon

Level 1

Lawrence Mackie House, Wellesbourne