Hopes high for fourth gold award in a row

One of the many pretty floral displays in Ponteland.
One of the many pretty floral displays in Ponteland.

Ponteland was at its blooming best when it came to summer judging for a regional competition.

This year’s entry included floral displays in public places and outside community buildings, as well as hanging baskets and other works put together by local businesses.

And the Northumbria in Bloom judges were also taken to Ponteland Park – the features covered in this area included the wild meadow.

After winning a gold award in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Ponteland Town Council members, staff and workers involved in the entry, along with a host of volunteers, are hoping to make it four in a row.

Joyce Butcher, chairman of the town council’s Northumbria in Bloom working party, said: “It was the perfect day in Ponteland because the tour took three hours and we had nothing but compliments from the judges. I’m very confident of achieving another gold award.

“The standard of the planting has been fantastic and the judges mentioned the excellent grass cutting and edging around the trees and shrubs.

“They were also impressed with Prestwick Business Park. The site was immaculate and the businesses there are very environmentally minded, for example, there is a lot of lavender at the site for the bees.

“This year, we have created a stunning floral area on Thornhill Road near the Merton Way shopping centre.”

Other places on the route included Athol House, the Blackbird, Diamond Inn and Seven Stars pubs, Coates Green, the Prestwick allotments and the Ponteland branch of Waitrose.