Northumberland is blooming beautiful

14 Sep 2017



Green fingered Northumbrians have done the county proud yet again as they collected a string of awards after impressing judges in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Dozens of  towns, villages and businesses showed off their floral displays, summer planting and well tended parks and gardens in the competition which has seen communities and council staff pull  together to show off local neighbourhoods  at their best.

The county did exceptionally well in the Towns category  with Morpeth winning overall Gold  for the bright displays that have produced a blaze of colour right across the town. Alnwick won Gold, Bedlington won Silver and Berwick and Hexham were awarded Silver Gilt.

In the Large Towns category,  Blyth won Silver and Cramlington won Silver Gilt. In the Small Towns category  Ponteland and Seaton Sluice won gold with Seaton Delaval achieving bronze.

Seaton Delaval won the Most Improved entry for enthusiastically taking on a number of neglected areas for transformation and for the hard work and vision of the community.

The county’s villages also scooped a number of fantastic awards against tough competition. Ord near Berwick won the Large Villages category. Judges found the village to be pristine throughout with residents taking a great pride in keeping their neighbourhood spotless as well as caring for the many tubs and planters.

There were celebrations elsewhere as Holywell and New Hartley won Silver and Seghill won Bronze  in the Large Villages category.
East Hartford won Silver in the Small Villages category and Lesbury won Silver Gilt in the Villages category.

The popular  Ridley Park in Blyth was winner of the Best Park award for its beautifully landscaped public space.

Young growers in the county also got involved and Tweedmouth West First School in Berwick  scooped the Growing Together for Schools award.
Other Gold winners included  Alnmouth Railway Station ( best bus/metro/rail station)  The parish hall garden, Corbridge ( best Grounds of a hospital, university or public building)   Ord Country Park ( best commercial premises)  Berwick Bowling Club ( best sports ground) Woodbine Terrace, Corbridge ( best residential community).

A number of very worthy awards were made for outstanding voluntary contributions. Neville Rutherford of Corbridge for his inspiring leadership of Corbridge in Bloom; Kenneth Thompson from Morpeth for his commitment to the ‘In Bloom’ entry and George Anderson for his contribution to the betterment of Ord Village
 

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “It is wonderful that the hard work and efforts of a few  have made the towns and villages  where we live such attractive places.  We really do appreciate their work and congratulate everyone involved. ”