Bunch of awards for bloom entrants

Green-fingered residents have done the county proud yet again as they collected a bunch of awards in this year's Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 12:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:46 pm
Castle Vale Park

Fifty-seven villages and towns between Berwick and Cleveland showed off their floral displays and well tended gardens in the annual competition.

Corbridge won the Best Overall Entry out of all the classes, blowing the judges away with outstanding floral displays that are still producing a colour show in September and have attracted visitors from far and wide.

Two of Northumberland’s popular parks, Ridley Park in Blyth and Castle Vale Park in Berwick, were awarded joint winners of the Best Park award for their beautifully landscaped public spaces.

Cllr Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “I’m delighted that Northumberland has had yet another successful year at the Northumbria in Bloom awards.

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“The county’s award success is a huge demonstration of community spirit and I’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers, community members, businesses and local services staff who are committed to making sure Northumberland looks its best and is a place we can all be proud of.”

Eileen Burn, Northumbria in Bloom chairperson, said: “In spite of some terrible weather conditions this year, with many places in our region being devastated by floods in the winter, we have seen more than ever what communities can achieve with horticulture in their own villages and towns.”

“Bloom is such a force for good, and it has been encouraging to welcome more entries to the competition this year.”

She added: “This hard work that Bloom groups do is not simply for the Northumbria in Bloom judges’ benefit. Their achievements make the places they live in look good, and are for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.”

Other winners included Bellingham which took the award for Best Large Village while Corbridge won Best Small Town and Alnwick was awarded Best Town.

Young growers in the county also got involved and Abbeyfield School in Morpeth scooped the Growing together for schools award.

St Lawrence Church in Warkworth won Best Religious Establishment,Heighley Gate Garden Centre in Morpeth was awarded Best Commercial Premises and Sanderson Arcade took the award for Best Shopping Precinct.

The celebrations didn’t stop there as further awards were dished out to more Northumberland locations including Best Railway Station which was awarded to Alnmouth Station and Best Tourist Visitor Attraction which was awarded to the popular Alnwick Garden.

Residents in Hexham and Bellingham were bursting with pride after Tanners Row, Hexham won the award for Best Residential Community and Westfield Allotment owners in Bellingham won the award for Best Allotments.

For the first time this year competition organisers introduced a new category, Champion of Champions for entrants that have been consistent Northumbria in Bloom category winners for many years where Warkworth and Morpeth were celebrated.

Special awards were also given to a number of businesses, residential homes, day centres, homes and tourist attractions including Carlisle Park in Morpeth and Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre in Alnwick.

Staff and residents at Tynedale House, Blyth, were also celebrating after they received a special gold award for their sensory garden which provides a relaxing and stimulating environment for adults with learning difficulties.