Berwick moved a step closer to its ultimate goal when it was awarded a silver gilt in the Northumbria in Bloom competition
It is the best result achieved by Berwick in Bloom since its formation in 2007 and marked a significant step foward after gaining silver awards in three of the last four years.
Bernard Shaw, chairman of Berwick in Bloom, said: “The feeling is that the next step is going to be even more difficult to meet and overcome simply because the towns and villages that gain gold awards are absolutely stunning. The time and energy invested by councils and communities alike is primarily a product of ambition, pride and determination but the Berwick in Bloom group is confident these characteristics are available in Berwick and that progress can be made.”
Last year the ‘in Bloom’ group entered the Royal Horticultural Society’s, ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ Award Scheme for the first time with the Greenses and Tweedmouth West End Residents achieving the highest grade.
“This year we have been more adventurous and in addition we have also submitted an entry for The Magdalene Fields Bowling Club, The Berwick Railway Station Pedestrian Access, Spittal Village, the Ord Country Park Access Area and St Cuthbert’s RC First School,” said Mr Shaw.
“We are very optimistic that the areas of specific community endeavour will be rewarded and encouraged appropriately.”
He congratulated all the successful groups on their awards. A copy of the marking scheme for Berwick is in the library.