Morpeth misses out on Bloom title

MORPETH has claimed another Silver Gilt award in Britain In Bloom, but missed out on a national title.

The town went to the national finals in Guernsey as the Champion of Champions in the Northumbria competition after claiming a Gold award and Best Town title for the seventh year running.

But when the national prizes were dished out by TV presenter Matt Baker this evening, Morpeth was beaten to the Town title by Halstead in Anglia.

Morpeth Town Council Office Manager Stevie Matthews said: “In Olympic year we have again been pipped at the post, having been a Best Town finalist on three previous occasions.

“But Morpeth has not lost out — to have achieved the honour of being an entry with the Best of the Best is a great reward to our community, who have always rallied so readily to take part each year in the regional competition.

“This year we succeeded in being outright winner of Northumbria and our joy and pride is not diminished by not taking home another trophy.

“The event brings everyone together with enthusiasm and determination to keep Morpeth a beautiful town to live in and visit. This never diminishes and we will be back with more projects next year.”

More than 1,200 communities entered the RHS competition and Morpeth was just one of 72 finalists chosen to represent their region on the national stage.

Judges looked at three key criteria — horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

The Morpeth entry is led by Morpeth Town Council, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Northumberland County Council and Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre, with the support of numerous volunteers and community groups.