Plenty of success to celebrate at bloom awards

Sir Alan Beith presents the best town award to the Morpeth bloom team. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Sir Alan Beith presents the best town award to the Morpeth bloom team. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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Morpeth has achieved a perfect ten in a floral competition.

The team were delighted to receive the best town crown and gold award from Sir Alan Beith at the ceremony in Berwick on Tuesday.

Sir Alan Beith presents a small town gold award to Ponteland Deputy Mayor Joyce Butcher, centre, and town council clerk Kath Mavin. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Sir Alan Beith presents a small town gold award to Ponteland Deputy Mayor Joyce Butcher, centre, and town council clerk Kath Mavin. Picture by Jane Coltman.

This is the tenth year in succession that the team – a partnership of Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Chamber of Trade and Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre – has recieved these accolades.

It was also a good day for the Ponteland team as it won gold in the small town category for the fourth year in a row.

Key to the success in both places has been the efforts of dozens of volunteers and schools, businesses and organisations.

Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard said: “It’s fantastic to win the best town prize yet again and as ever, it was a big team effort.

“There have been many great floral displays this year and Morpeth is still looking lovely even though we have reached the end of summer.

“Seeing them really lifts your mood and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in our bid as it requires many hours of hard work.

“Town council clerk Gillian Turner has been the kingpin to this success. She knows what small improvements we need to make each year to keep us ahead of our competitors.”

There were also a number of individual awards handed out at the ceremony.

The Morpeth winners were as follows: Benmar House (gold), Northumberland County Blind Association headquarters (silver gilt), Heighley Gate Garden Centre (gold), Rutherford of Morpeth (gold), Waterford Lodge (silver), Morpeth Bus Station (silver gilt), Carlisle Park (gold) and Sanderson Arcade (gold).

In Ponteland, the award recipients were Prestwick Business Park (gold), Athol House (gold), The Blackbird (gold), The Diamond Inn (silver gilt), Peel House apartments (gold), Prestwick Allotments (silver gilt) and a joint entry from Ponteland Bowling Club and Ponteland Tennis Club (silver gilt).

Ponteland Deputy Mayor Joyce Butcher said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive another gold award. The area is looking fantastic yet again and it helps to bring more businesses and visitors to Ponteland.

“Overall, it’s the highest number of awards we’ve had and credit must go to all the volunteers and businesses that put forward their own entries.

“The new display on Thornhill Road has been very popular with residents, we’ve received nice comments about the window boxes, fuchsia and daffodils among other displays and we’ve also added dahlias and antirrhinum this year.

“In addition, the quality of planting by our contractors has been exceptional.”

Chairman of Northumbria in Bloom, Eileen Burn, said: “It has been very encouraging to maintain the volume of entries this year and we hope to attract more in 2016.

“It is great to be able to share advice and give encouragement throughout the region.”