Halstead has been named the best floral town in the country in the Britain in Bloom awards.
It is the second time the town has won the prestigious honour, first being chosen in 2012 and comes after being named the best town in the Anglia in Bloom competition earlier in the year.
Halstead in Bloom secretary Julia Smith described the result as “fantastic” and thanked the volunteers who had contributed towards the success.
“We have had some many people praise us and have had visitors stopping us in the street saying how fantastic and wonderful for the town it is,” Mrs Smith said.
“One man who moved here a few moths ago said he had never seen a town like it.
“It’s wonderful, little Halstead with national recognition.
“It’s great for the town and great for the district.”
Unsurprisingly, members celebrated with a party and plenty of champagne.
The Halstead in Bloom committee collaborates with a number of organisations and individuals to develop their floral displays, including partnerships with Essex county, Braintree district and Halstead town councils, all helping to create a strong “community spirit”.
Together over 1,000 hours were spent on the various floral displays across the town including community and private gardens, this year themed to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Mrs Smith said she hoped the award would attract visitors and said she believed it would increase residents pride in the town which was cleaner and brighter as a result of the on-going work by the group.