Everything’s coming up roses for team

Ponteland Bloom Awards'Photo by Trevor Walker
Ponteland Bloom Awards'Photo by Trevor Walker

PONTELAND’S fabulous flowers finally struck gold in a regional competition.

The town council-led team has won silver gilt certificates in the previous three Northumbria in Blooms, but this year it has gone one better.

The gold award was given to Joyce Butcher, Chairman of the authority’s Northumbria In Bloom Working Party, at the ceremony in Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Ponteland’s special category entries also did very well as Cecil Court achieved gold in the Residential Community section and Ponteland Bowling and Tennis Club won the top award in the William Leech category.

The Diamond Inn received a silver gilt in the Whitley Bay Guardian Trophy.

Town council Clerk Kath Mavin said: “The council would like to thank all those who helped make this award possible, in particular our contractors Iain Clough, Michael Champion and Derek Sherlock.

“Appreciation is due to Northumberland County Council and the members of the Neighbourhood Environmental Team who make such a difference in Ponteland and of course the Northumbria in Bloom Working Party deserve thanks for their sterling efforts which have paid off.

“Thanks are also due to all the businesses, organisations and volunteers who helped to make our area look so special during the last few months.”

Ponteland has two entries in the Britain in Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood awards. They are Athol House and Friends of Ponteland Park.

Presentations will take place on Thursday, October 25, at Spennymoor Town Hall.

Mrs Mavin added: “The council is sure that these two entries will do well and very grateful to the work of Mary Short and her team of volunteers at Athol House and to the Friends of Ponteland Park who work so hard with the council to improve the park for residents.”