Blooming good start to floral campaign

OFFICIALS behind Morpeth’s bid to retain its regional floral crown are pleased with how things went in the first stage of this year’s competition.

Spring judging recently took place for the Northumbria in Bloom contest and there were plenty of venues in the town for the visitors to admire.

They started at the Rotary Garden in Wellway and went onto the Millennium Green, then along to the riverside at Low Stanners where they met River Warden Brian Parker.

Next on the itinerary was Sanderson Arcade, which has a number of hanging baskets, and the final part of the route included Morpeth Railway Station, the formal bedding at Deuchar Park and Rotary Glade and the award-winning Carlisle Park.

The judges also saw the site at Tommy’s Field Allotments that will become a community garden. Funding has been provided by Marks & Spencer to transform land that cannot be cultivated for allotment use.

Work on it will be starting in the next few weeks and it is expected to be blooming in the summer.

Morpeth Town Council Clerk Gillian Turner said: “The spring judging went very well.

“The judges were impressed with the route and generally that the town looked very colourful as well as neat and tidy.

“They were pleased with the community involvement and particularly that so many Scouts and schoolchildren were there to greet them even during the school holidays.

“There is still plenty of work to do ahead of the summer judging, such as replanting in Carlisle Park and more clean-up days. Once again the Morpeth Chamber of Trade will be ordering baskets and troughs for the town from Heighley Gate.”

Last year, Morpeth won the Best Town award for the fifth time in a row and it also received another Gold medal.

It will receive summer judging on July 18.