Blooming marvellous results for county in floral awards
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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 competition.
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, town and parish councils and county council staff pull together to show off local neighbourhoods at their best.
The county did exceptionally well, scooping 25 awards, including most improved entry, best large village, best town and best park.
Morpeth was declared overall winner in the towns category, with judge’s commenting: “Attention to design, appropriateness of planting, biodiversity, community involvement, public art, education and heritage is amply demonstrated in the streets and parks.”
Also in this category Alnwick and Berwick received gold awards, Bedlington a silver and Hexham a silver gilt.
Holywell Village was declared most improved entry, while Ord near Berwick scooped best large village. Holywell won a silver gilt in this category, New Hartley a silver and Seghill a bronze.
In the small towns category, Corbridge and Ponteland won gold awards while Seaton Delaval got a bronze.
Seaton Sluice also scooped a silver gilt in the coastal resort category.
In the special category awards, Dave Symington won a Community Champion Award for a ‘truly outstanding contribution’ in support of Northumbria in Bloom over several years. Dave , who has worked to support Seaton Valley in Bloom for the past 40 years, is also one of the county council’s Neighbourhood Services Team leaders.
Swansfield Park Primary School received a gold in the schools category, Ord House Country Park in Berwick was named best commercial premises while the River Wansbeck got a gold in the best conservation category.
Alnmouth scooped a gold for best railway station, Berwick bowling club was declared best sports ground and Tanners Row in Hexham got a gold for best residential community.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “These parks and public spaces look and feel wonderful places because of the time and effort that goes into tending and caring for them.
“Our staff and all the volunteers who give their time have done a magnificent job and that is reflected in these awards.
“I am very grateful to everyone involved for everything they do in making these places that everyone can enjoy and feel proud of.”