Golden delight for Morpeth's floral design

Gardeners in Morpeth are celebrating after being rated among the best in Britain.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 9:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 11:38 am
Representatives of Morpeth entry in the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards with Baroness Floella Benjamin. Picture by Richard Dawson

Morpeth was among the winners at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom competition, walking away with the Gold award in the Town category.

Morpeth was among a total of 68 groups from across the UK competing in 12 categories.

Previous town mayor Coun Jack Gebhard, who represented Morpeth at the awards finals, said: “Morpeth looked great again this year and the team who worked hard to make it so got the gold medal they deserve.

“The standard of other towns in our category was very high indeed and we’re edging closer to winning best town in the category every year.”

Finalists were judged not only on their floral displays but environmental and community efforts.

The Morpeth in Bloom working group consists of Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Heighley Gate garden centre, Sanderson Arcade, the Old Bakehouse Millennium Green Trust, Greater Morpeth Development Trust and King Edward VI School.

Many businesses in the town contributed to the baskets, planters and troughs that were organised by the Chamber of Trade.

A pair of RHS judges visited each of the entrants over a fortnight from the end of July.

During the visit in August, county council NEAT manager Terry Garnick said that a lot of effort had gone into making Carlisle Park a great place to visit.

He added that the judges praised the co-ordinated floral bedding in the park, the sculpture of Emily Wilding Davison and the enhanced floral clock.

Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s UK finalists.

“It’s incredibly humbling to hear about the huge efforts they’ve invested in making our villages, towns and cities greener places to live, work and visit.

“This makes a tremendous difference locally but has a wider impact too.

“Gardeners are increasingly having to respond to the changing climate, declining pollinator numbers and plastic waste and more communities are galvanizing people around these issues to bring about positive change.”