RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood

The special flower bed at Coates Green in Ponteland.
The special flower bed at Coates Green in Ponteland.

It was celebration time for members of the Ponteland team after finding out that they had achieved a Northumbria in Bloom gold award hat-trick.

They have now received the top accolade in the Small Town category for three years in a row.

As for individual premises, there were golds for Athol House and Ponteland Bowling Green and Tennis Courts and a silver for The Diamond Inn.

In addition, there were gold and silver gilt awards for Ponteland Middle School and Richard Coates Middle School respectively in the Growing Together section.

Joyce Butcher, chair of Ponteland Town Council’s Northumbria in Bloom working party, said: “I thought it was our best effort yet and more residents than ever this summer congratulated us on how the village and other areas looked.

“We work to create a nice environment for local people as they do their shopping or go about their lives as well as visitors, even if they are just driving through, and we’re very proud to receive another gold award.

“We’re grateful to all the individuals, community organisations and businesses that put together some wonderful displays. The nice weather helped their flowers and our flowers to look amazing.

“This year, we had a special flower bed on Coates Green to mark the 50th anniversary of Northumbria in Bloom and a group of bell-ringers at St Mary’s Church rang for an hour whilst the judges were being shown around the village area, which was mentioned at last week’s ceremony.

“The area by the electricity sub-station off Darras Road has been cleared and two large tubs, which include cosmos flowers, have been installed. On Thornhill Road, we’ve altered the planters to put flowering trees in place.

“The planter displays outside Barclays Bank (supplied by the authority) were spectacular and staff received many glowing comments about them from customers.

“In addition, the improved floral displays and grass cutting and new features at the Broadway over the last few years have gone down well.”

She also thanked the council’s contractors.