The team behind Ponteland’s Northumbria in Bloom bid took great pride in showing the judges a plethora of beautiful displays yesterday.
After winning a gold award in 2012 and 2013, the Ponteland Town Council members, staff and workers involved in the entry, along with a host of volunteers from across the area, are hoping to make it a hat-trick.
In the centre of Ponteland, the judges had a look at the special entries including the Diamond Inn, the Seven Stars, Athol House and the Ponteland Bowling and Tennis clubs.
They also examined the privately-owned allotments at the back of the Diamond Inn.
They saw colourful sets of flowers in public places and a number of businesses have their own hanging basket displays outside their premises.
The judges were also taken to the new residential apartments at Peel House, where residents have created their own garden.
The tour around Ponteland Park with representatives of the Friends of Ponteland Park included the wild meadow area and the dipping platform.
At Prestwick, the judges were shown the floral displays at the cemetery – the town council took over responsibility for the site from Northumberland County Council in April 2013 – and viewed the allotments.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Northumbria in Bloom, a special floral display has been created on Coates Green and the bells at St Mary’s Church were rung between 11am and noon.
Joyce Butcher, Chairman of the town council’s Northumbria in Bloom working party, said: “We are proud of the support Ponteland has received from individual volunteers, local businesses and community groups to create such a beautiful place to live and work or just have a seat, relax and enjoy the view.”