PONTELAND is going for gold in a regional floral competition.
After getting close to the top award for Northumbria in Bloom with silver gilts in the last three years, the town council hopes that increased support from local businesses and organisations will make the difference.
A colourful mix of flower displays in The Village area and a number of shrubs and bedding plants which have lasted throughout the summer have also helped this year’s entry.
Ponteland Northumbria in Bloom Working Party Chairman Joyce Butcher said: “This is the seventh year we have taken part and we’ve been gradually building up the displays over that time, which includes purchasing planters to our own specifications.
“The judges said we have the potential to achieve gold in the competition and the main thing we needed to do was more community involvement.
“This year we’ve been very pleased with the response from residents and traders who have put some lovely tubs and window boxes outside their premises.
“The flowers at Ponteland Golf Club are looking magnificent and we’re glad that its members asked us to take the judges there. The ladies who put together the beautiful displays for the St Mary’s Summer Festival also deserve a lot of credit.
“Our gardeners have managed to create some dramatic displays and we have received plenty of nice comments about them from people doing their shopping.
“Although we want to do very well in Northumbria in Bloom, the main reason for having all these flowers is to enhance our lovely village and historical buildings.”
In individual categories last year, the Cecil Court complex won gold in the combined residents in the community section, the bowling and tennis club was awarded a silver gilt for best sports ground and The Smithy Bistro won silver for its restaurant frontage.
This year’s award winners will be announced in Saltburn, Teesside, on September 13.