It is a huge achievement for the Stroud in Bloom committee who, due to ill health, saw its seven-strong membership down to just three.
The volunteers were supported by the Town Council’s Green Spaces team.
Doreen Frusher, chair of Stroud in Bloom, said: “The award has been gained by a huge team effort involving Stroud District Council, Stroud Town Council, Stratford Park Landscape Group, Stroud Valleys Project, 3rd Stroud Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, Leyhill Prisoners not to mention the Stroud in Bloom committee members and a small band of volunteers who worked hard to showcase Stroud at its best for judging day.
“Most important of course are Stroud residents who showcase their gardens for the benefit of passers by.”
The judges were impressed with the amount and quality of floral displays in Parliament Street, Dr Newton’s Way and the hanging baskets in the town itself.
They praised Stratford Park for its “immaculate bowling greens, well-planted hanging baskets” and said that it was “wildlife heaven”.
One of the other sites the judges visited was The Rosary School – where pupils planted a 50m stretch in Merrywalks with wildflower seeds.
Judges also highlighted the work of Stroud Valleys Project at Capel Mill and the ongoing work on the Hidden Garden at the Museum in the Park.
Stroud Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “The Stroud in Bloom committee should be rightly proud of this award. Though depleted in number they worked tirelessly to engage the community and do the town proud.”