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High praise for Ponteland’s bloom entry

Britain in Bloom judges and members of the Ponteland team next to the poppy floral display on Coates Green.
Britain in Bloom judges and members of the Ponteland team next to the poppy floral display on Coates Green.

The efforts of the Ponteland community have been praised by Britain in Bloom judges.

Two of the judging team from the Royal Horticultural Society were given a tour of the area last Friday.

As well as viewing the floral displays and environmental initiatives, including the poppy floral display on Coates Green and a bug hotel created by school pupils, John Turner of Ponteland Local History Society spoke to them about the history of the pele tower.

One of the judges, Lesley Jelleyman, said: “We were impressed with the level of community involvement in Ponteland and their passion for the bloom entry.

“The floral displays across the town were lovely and it was nice to see wildflowers that were planted by local children in tubs.”

Ponteland is representing Northumbria in the small town category. The entry is led by Ponteland Town Council and dozens of businesses, community groups and volunteers have made a contribution. Former town councillors Joyce Butcher and Robin Ramsay have been heavily involved.

Mrs Butcher said: “The displays this year have been the best ever and the window boxes are looking particularly fantastic. The village allotments were stunning, very impressive as the conditions for growing this summer have been difficult.”

Ponteland Mayor Alan Varley added: “A lot of credit must also go to our contractors, who carry out so much great work, and council clerk Kath Mavin for her fantastic organising efforts.

“The bloom entry and related activities were a great community effort. For example, there were excellent turnouts for the litter picks in the days leading up to the judging.”