Oldham was named Best City at last night's Britain in Bloom awards.
It was the first time the town had entered the Royal Horticultural Society's awards – but it still managed to top its category.
The town scooped the Best City prize despite technically being a town. It had to enter the cities category because of the number of people who live there.
Oldham was given the status of 'silver gilt', as well as a Pride of Place award, which recognises the community's involvement.
Oldham's entry included the WOW bed in the town centre and an underwater bed on Broadway and a wild flower meadow at Mill Brow.
Other North West successes included Lytham, which came joint top of its small coastal community category. It shared the honours with North Berwick. Wigan was also awarded 'silver gilt' in Best Large City. That category was won by Birmingham.
More than 1,200 UK communities took part in the Britain in Bloom campaign to "green-up and clean-up Britain".
Of those, just 72 finalists were shortlisted for the awards.