04:27AM, Sunday 22 September 2013
Bray was among the winners at this years Thames and Chilterns Britain in Bloom awards.
The results of this year's campaign were announced at an awards ceremony at Reading Minster.
The annual Britain in Bloom campaign is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society and is the largest horticultural event in Europe.
Each year it attracts nearly 2,000 entries from cities, towns and villages across Britain.
Bray Conservation Area scooped the top prize picking up a gold award in the Small Village category.
It was one of only seven Gold Awards to be dished out.
The competition saw two judges visit the village in July to mark the efforts of green fingered villagers.
In addition the village also received a special award for 'the best floral input' of 2013.
A spokesman from the Bray Enhancement Committee, the group behind the village’s winning efforts, said it was 'delighted' to win the top accolade and thanked the organisations and individuals who had helped support its entry.
Other winners from around the area included Cookham Rise, which won a Bronze Award in the Small Town category and Winkfield and Cookham Dean both received Silver awards in the Large Village class.
Cookham won a Silver Award in the village group while Maidenhead and Marlow also picked up Silver Awards in the new town centre category.
Chairman of Thames and Chilterns in Bloom, Ted Smith, said: "We were delighted by the very high standard across the region, the commitment by all entrants is tremendous and I would like to thank all local Bloom committees for their continued support of the campaign."
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