WOODHALL Spa has successfully defended its Best Kept Village crown to win its fifth title in a row.
Woodhall beat Nettleham and Langtoft to top spot in the Class 111 competition, and won its seventh title overall having won in 1989, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Class 111 award is given to large villages and small towns with a population of 2001 to 7,000 people.
Spa faced stiff competition in Nettleham, bidding for its ninth title, but the village still has not won since 2002.
Langtoft, in South Kesteven, rounded off the top three with its first ever placing.
Horncastle achieved third place in the Small Market Towns competition which saw Caistor, winner for the last three years, pipped to the title by Crowland, South Holland.
Horncastle Mayor Fiona Martin said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result.
“Especially in view of the flash floods this summer.
“I’m extremely pleased.
“We still know it’s the best but it’s nice to know that someone outside the town has recognised us.”
The competition is run by Community Lincs in partnership with CPRE and sponsorship from the county and district councils, with continued support from Pennells Garden Centres.
County organiser Teresa Palmer said: “It was a delight to see so many villages enter this year that have not entered for some time.
“We were keen to celebrate the 50th anniversary and recognise all the hard work contributed by hundreds of volunteers over the years in preparing their communities together with the work of the judges.
“Lincolnshire has some of the most proactive community members in the country, with some of the best environments to live in”.
Portfolio holder for the environment at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Tony Bridges, said: “The way an area looks is so important for local people but also for tourism.
“I am delighted that East Lindsey has done so well in the 2012 Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition, particularly as this is the 50th year.
“Communities take so much pride in their local area and East Lindsey’s success is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of those involved.
“A real achievement that demonstrates why our district is such a great place to live, work and visit.”
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