THE PICTURE-postcard beauty of Linby has been recognised with a top prize in the Nottinghamshire Best-Kept Village competition.
The tough contest, run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) organisation, only rewards the most picturesque villages.
Prizes are only handed out after more than a month of stringent judging.
But Linby has been crowned one of four winners.
It is also now in the running to become ‘champion of champions’ in the event, with the overall winner announced at a presentation night in November.
Coun Bob Brothwell, chairman of Linby Parish Council, said: “Every day I wake up in Linby I think what a lucky man I am. This is a very special village.
“Everyone is absolutely delighted to have won this award.”
Coun Brothwell went on to thank residents who have played a crucial role in securing the accolade.
For they responded to an appeal to come out in force and clean up the exteriors of their properties.
They also helped with such projects as re-painting street benches and signs.
Other villagers, as well as the parish council, have worked on floral displays.
But the message from Coun Brothwell is for no-one to rest on their laurels.
“For the first time in many years, a lot of people came out to tidy the village,” he said. “Now they need to get out there and do it again and again and again.
“The village looks beautiful and we have had no end of compliments. But the competition isn’t over yet.
“We have a real chance of winning the overall title and that would be tremendous.”
The last time Linby won a best-kept village award was in 1997. It went on to win two national awards, one of which was for becoming the first village in the UK to set up a recycling scheme.