MORPETH has been crowned the Best In Britain for its environmental work.
The area has taken the Best Town title in the RHS Britain In Bloom competition, as well as claiming a prestigious Gold medal.
But the awards glory does not end there as the national Commercial Award, which is presented to the finalist demonstrating the best environmental and horticultural contribution from business, has gone to Sanderson Arcade and Morpeth Bus Station.
And there was more to celebrate as Morpeth won the Young People’s Award for involving youngsters across the community in the Bloom effort in the most effective way.
The honours were awarded at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on Saturday.
Morpeth Town Clerk Gillian Turner, who helps to co-ordinate the local Bloom entry, said: “Although a runner-up in previous years, to be the winner of the Town category this year is of great significance.
“Morpeth is up there on our podium with Britain’s best.
“Our philosophy of respect for the environment and nature, friendship of our partners, supporters and helpers, and excellence in what we hope to achieve sums up what being in Bloom means for Morpeth and has enabled us to be winners in our regional competition over the last eight years.
“Everyone rallies to take part in clean-ups, planting and care of our beautiful floral displays, public places and allotments.
“‘If it can grow, we want to know’ is our theology and I am delighted to take home this much-coveted title and award — it could not have come at a more welcome and inspirational time.”
She added: “Five years ago we were hit with severe flooding and that determination by everyone to pull together and keep our objective to overcome has given us back our beautiful town. Last year floods in Morpeth made headline news again. As Britain In Bloom Best Town we will make headlines a third time, and what a special item that will be.”
An RHS judge said: “Northumbria can be proud of Morpeth town and its achievements in the 2013 Britain In Bloom campaign.
“A sustained campaign over many years has yielded consistent success and this year’s achievements can only serve to sustain the community, business and the landscape in this beautiful area of the country.”
For a full report see this week’s Morpeth Herald on Thursday.