Town shows its blooming best

Britain in Bloom judges Jon Wheatley (left) and Brendan Mowforth (right)  with Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council, Nigel Lawton from Heighley Gate, Les English from the Chamber of Trade and town clerk Gillian Turner at the end of their tour around Morpeth.
Britain in Bloom judges Jon Wheatley (left) and Brendan Mowforth (right) with Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council, Nigel Lawton from Heighley Gate, Les English from the Chamber of Trade and town clerk Gillian Turner at the end of their tour around Morpeth.
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MORPETH was dressed to impress as it vied for a Best in Britain title.

Britain In Bloom judges arrived on Tuesday to inspect the area for the Best Town category.

They award scores out of 200, with half given for horticultural achievement and the rest for environmental responsibility and community participation.

Bloom partners from Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre took judges Jon Wheatley and Brendan Mowforth on a tour of the area.

The tour was followed by a reception at the Town Hall where ingredients grown by local schools and Scouts had been used to prepare food such as orange cake with edible flowers, red berry and Earl Grey tea salad and courgette and feta cake.

Mr Wheatley remained tight-lipped on the marks, but said: “It has been a beautiful afternoon in Morpeth.

“The work of the community has shone through in creating some of the most majestic displays for the people of Morpeth.”

The Britain in Bloom results will be announced at a ceremony in Cleethorpes in October.