Courtyard blossoms in awards’ debut

Kirkharle Courtyard has been assessed for the Northumbria In Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood scheme which is run in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society. The scheme aims to support and recognise community groups greening up and cleaning their areas. Assessors Liz Lazenby and David Goodchild are seen with the Kirkharle team of Audrey Harrison, Pam Smith, Averil Brown and Kitty Anderson.
Kirkharle Courtyard has been assessed for the Northumbria In Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood scheme which is run in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society. The scheme aims to support and recognise community groups greening up and cleaning their areas. Assessors Liz Lazenby and David Goodchild are seen with the Kirkharle team of Audrey Harrison, Pam Smith, Averil Brown and Kitty Anderson.
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Business is blooming at a Northumberland craft and cultural centre as it makes its debut in environmental awards.

Kirkharle Courtyard has entered the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme, run as part of Northumbria In Bloom, for the first time this year.

The scheme is aimed at small volunteer-led community groups that don’t fit into the main Bloom categories to recognise their efforts in sprucing up their environment.

Five levels of attainment are awarded, from ‘establishing’ to ‘outstanding’, based on an assessment of community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

Kirkharle welcomed judge David Goodchild last month after the local businesses came together to put out displays.

Organiser Kitty Anderson said: “It was a wonderful exercise in getting the community to pull together at Kirkharle and all of the workshops and unit holders helped to put out lovely tubs.

“Kirkharle has been looking pretty splendid this summer and much more colourful than in the past, and lots of people have had a hand in that.

“It is the first time that Kirkharle has entered and I think we would definitely do it again. The people who got involved enjoyed it very much and many visitors made very nice comments on how good it is looking.”

The courtyard will find out how well it has done when the awards are presented at Newcastle Racecourse later this month.