Morpeth is aiming to once again win a prestigious floral accolade.
The team behind the bid for a gold award in the Northumbria in Bloom competition showed off the first stage of its working when spring judging took place last week.
Morpeth Town Council, working in partnership with Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Chamber of Trade and Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre has achieved the top result for 11 years in a row.
The places viewed by the judges a week last Tuesday included the Millennium Green, Rotary Garden, Benmar House, Carlisle Park, the Market Place and Sanderson Arcade.
Key to the success has been the efforts of dozens of volunteers and schools, businesses and organisations. The Arcade and Morpeth Bus Station have been successful in individual categories in recent years.
In addition, the county council’s spring planting season across Northumberland is well under way.
Around 200,000 flowers are planted each year and among the most widely-used flowers are geraniums, begonias and marigolds.
Flower towers are now more widely used than hanging baskets in the county as they are easier to maintain and need less watering, while at the same time often giving more impressive displays.