Community effort helping bloom bid

Ponteland in Bloom
Ponteland in Bloom
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RESIDENTS are hoping that their work to brighten up their community will be rewarded with a second top accolade in succession.

After coming close in previous years, Ponteland received the gold award from Northumbria in Bloom in 2012 and the team led by the town council is currently preparing for this year’s visit from a trio of judges next Thursday.

A range of fabulous floral displays are being looked after by particular residents, including the rockery on Main Street, and there is a new three-tier planter in Broadway, Darras Hall, to complement the modern seating that the authority has installed.

A new style of display has been attached to lampposts in the area. They are lower down so people can get a better view of them.

The competition covers more than just flowers and the judges will be shown round the Prestwick allotments and the recently-opened dipping platform in Ponteland Park, among other places.

Joyce Butcher, Chairman of the town council’s Northumbria In Bloom working party, said: “Winning the gold award last year has given us a higher profile, as we’re getting more compliments about our displays and more residents are asking about the judging day. As ever, there is a lot of community involvement and more people in Darras Hall are doing their own design on their verges, which is very pleasing. Quite a few businesses are involved by putting out baskets of flowers.

“Recycling is another important aspect and there is a fascinating arrangement where Waitrose has given its out-of-date food to Kirkley Hall Zoo and staff from the zoo have come along and done some wonderful planting in the Waitrose car park.”

Residents can take part in a litter pick and clean-up morning on Saturday from 10am to noon – the meeting point is outside the Memorial Hall.