Northumbria in Bloom joy for range of groups in towns

Organisations, groups and residents have been rewarded for their fabulous floral displays and community involvement.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 2:10 pm
Morpeth In Bloom winners celebrate their success in the Northumbria in Bloom competition. Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth and Ponteland achieved overall gold accolades yet again and Morpeth was the best town category winner.

In addition, Carlisle Park and the River Wansbeck were overall winners in the parks and conservation categories respectively.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, and staff, volunteers and others who have helped to achieve the Northumbria in Bloom gold award for Carlisle Park.

Led by the team of Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Heighley Gate, red, white and blue displays were put in place across the town to mark the centenary of the First World War ending and the Royal Air Force.

In addition, the town council ran a number of contests involving adults and children.

Coun Nic Best, previous Mayor of Morpeth, said: “We’re delighted with the results and this success reflects all the hard work people have been putting in – our entry is increasingly a team effort.

“This bodes well for the Britain in Bloom ceremony in Belfast on October 19.

“The Chamber of Trade is pleased that more town centre businesses contributed for hanging baskets, but there’s still room for improvement for next year.”

Ponteland’s entry is led by Ponteland Town Council and former town councillors Joyce Butcher and Robin Ramsay, as well as expert volunteer David Goodchild, have also been heavily involved.

Coun Alan Varley, Mayor of Ponteland, said: “We’re delighted to have won gold for the seventh consecutive year.

“I would also like to thank our contractors and staff in the office and all the volunteers for their efforts, along with businesses and organisations for the sponsored planting.”

Also in Morpeth, Abbeyfields School, Benmar House, Morpeth Bus Station, Sanderson Arcade and Heighley Gate won gold and New Life Morpeth, St Christophers House and Waterford Lodge received silver gilt awards.

In Ponteland, The Blackbird Inn, Peel House Apartments and Maureen Clarke allotments were awarded gold, Ponteland Bowling and Tennis Clubs won a silver gilt and St Mary’s Churchyard received a bronze award.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at the county council, visited Carlisle Park to recognise and thank staff, volunteers and everyone who is involved in working in the park.

He said: “Carlisle Park and the many other fantastic parks and public spaces across the county look and feel wonderful places because of the time and effort that goes into tending and caring for them.

“Our staff and all the volunteers who give their time have done a magnificent job and that is reflected in these awards.”