Another bloom gold for town
Morpeth’s flower power has once again seen the town win its regional category.
The team received a gold accolade, as well as winning the Best Town crown, at the Northumbria in Bloom ceremony in Gateshead last week.
The judges said that ‘Morpeth continues to demonstrate a consistently high standard in meeting the requirements of the Northumbria in Bloom judging criteria.
‘This has been achieved by having a very close working relationship between the various partner organisations developed over many years.’
In the special category awards, Raymond Dixon from Morpeth won a Community Champion Award for a ‘truly outstanding contribution’ in support of Northumbria in Bloom over several years.
He has worked in horticulture since the age of 16 and has been looking after the planting in Sanderson Arcade since 2010.
Abbeyfields First School received a gold in the schools category, while Sanderson Arcade and Morpeth Chamber of Trade scooped a gold and were joint winners in their category.
In addition, there was gold for Carlisle Park, Heighley Gate and Morpeth Bus Station, a silver gilt for St Christophers House and New Life Morpeth and silver for Waterford Lodge and Morpeth Bowling Club.
Coun Jack Gebhard, the previous Mayor of Morpeth, said: “Once again, Morpeth has earned its rightful place as the best town in the Northumbria in Bloom competition!
“All of the awards are testament to the work put in by so many people who have earned this recognition. They can be rightly proud of the contribution they’ve made to Morpeth and our community.
“Hopefully, we can also repeat and (fingers crossed) perhaps build on our performance in the national Britain in Bloom competition.”
Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our staff and all the volunteers who give their time have done a magnificent job and that is reflected in these awards.
“I am very grateful to everyone involved for everything they do.”