Prestatyn and Rhuddlan have enjoyed another bumper haul at the Wales in Bloom competition.

Both towns have maintained five years of high scores and earned the top spot in their respective categories at the Wales in Bloom finals at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.

Prestatyn clinched the Silver Gilt in the Class 3: Large Town category, while Rhuddlan maintained its stellar form with it's third Gold in Class 5: Small Towns while the Rhuddlan Environment Group (REG) achieved its sixth consecutive Level 5 “Outstanding” certificate.

Dr James Davies, chair of Prestatyn in Bloom and former MP for the Vale of Clwyd said; "We have achieved 165 points out of 200 -this is five points more than last year and just one point less than our best ever result in 2015.

"This year's score is also six points more than we were awarded in 2013 - the same year when we went on to win gold and first place among coastal communities across the UK in the Britain in Bloom competition.

The results will be welcome news for Prestatyn volunteers, in 2016 concerns were raised about the appearance of the town ahead of judging for the contes, which is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, and encourages voluntary support together with others to improve the appearance of the communal spaces.

Dr Davies added: "As always, the result has been down to the hard work and contribution of a huge number of people among countless community groups and businesses as well input from our two councils."

To mark the town's win, BBC film crews visited Pendre Memorial Gardens the following day on Sunday, September 16 for an episode of Britain in Bloom which will air in the spring next year.

Responding to Rhuddlan's success, chair of the REG Brenda Taylor said: "We impressed judge Jon Dolan with our efforts to save our silver birch, cotoneaster and cherry blossom tree and how we achieved this during the prolonged dry weather.

"He also congratulated us for engaging with the town's children and getting them interested in wildflowers and pollinators, he was very supportive of all our projects and we are delighted with the result."

"We know our town is improving each year and we hope to continue to make it a cleaner and greener place to live for everyone."