Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to have won a Cotswold Tourism Award for last summer’s Glorious Gloucestershire Flower Festival. The four-day event won Silver for Event of the Year in the annual awards.

The 2012 Awards highlight the successes and achievements of Cotswold tourism businesses throughout the last year in categories such as Hotel of the Year, Visitor Attraction of the Year, Website of the Year and Tourism Business of the Year.

Canon Celia Thomson, Canon Pastor of the Cathedral and Chairwoman of the Flower Guild, said “we are thrilled to have been recognised in this way. It is a testament to many hours of hard work put in by the members of the Cathedral Flower Guild and all the parishes who donated not just their time, but also the flowers to make the Cathedral look beautiful.”

Ninety-two parish groups and organisations in the county provided a decorative floral arrangement or a depiction in flowers of something that makes Gloucestershire famous around the world. The centrepiece of the show was a 90 foot long flower carpet which stretched the length of the Nave and took a team of 30 people five days to assemble. The Festival also featured a display created by Church of England Primary Schools in the diocese in celebration of their 200th anniversary.

The Glorious Gloucestershire Flower Festival sold over 8,000 tickets and raised over £37,000 for the Cathedral.

See the full list of the Cotswold Tourism Award winners.