Northumbria in Bloom results announced

Northumbria In Bloom 2015 presentations in Berwick.  Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumbria In Bloom 2015 presentations in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Towns, villages, residents and businesses throughout the county have been honoured for their beautiful floral demonstrations at today’s Northumbria in Bloom awards ceremony.

The winners were announced at the special event in Berwick – the first time the ceremony has been held in the town – and the prizes were awarded by former Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith.

Eileen Burn, chairman of Northumbria in Bloom, and special guest Sir Alan Beith at the annual awards ceremony, this year being held in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Eileen Burn, chairman of Northumbria in Bloom, and special guest Sir Alan Beith at the annual awards ceremony, this year being held in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

A total of 61 villages, towns and cities entered the competition this year and the trophies were strongly contested.

Some of the stand out entrants in Northumberland were Morpeth, who won the best town, while Warkworth was crowned the best large village.

Alnwick received gold in the best town section, while Berwick was honoured with a silver gilt in the same category.

Ponteland took gold in the small town section, Blyth was honoured with a silver gilt in the large town category and Lesbury received a silver gilt in the village competition.

The overall champion for 2015 was Moorsholm village in Cleveland, which was awarded the Percy Boydell Trophy.

A host of special awards were also handed out, recognising the efforts of business parks, commercial premises and parks, among others.

Chairman of Northumbria in Bloom, Eileen Burn, said: “It has been very encouraging to maintain the volume of entries this year and we hope to attract more in 2016.

“It is great to be able to share advice and give encouragement throughout the region as more and more people are realising the benefits of communities working together to create cheering year-round displays.

“As well as the awards for the villages, towns, cities and urban communities, there are 17 special awards to recognise efforts in all sorts of different classes. This year we have re-introduced the Residential Community and the Allotment trophies, which are very popular, and there is a lot of fierce competition. I think the Bloom competition provides something to appeal to all groups and all ages.

“In 2016 we shall be bringing back our schools’ campaign Growing Together so once again young gardeners will be receiving recognition.”

On October 16, the national Britain in Bloom Awards Ceremony will be held at Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton-le-Spring. Northumbria in Bloom will be represented by Washington Village, Corbridge and Durham.

On October 24, the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood awards ceremony for volunteer community groups and individuals in the North East will be held at the Federation Brewery, Gateshead. There are 162 entries this year.


Small Village: Winner, Sunderland Bridge, gold. Other awards: Tanfield, gold; Knarsdale, bronze; Littletown, bronze; Low Pittington, bronze.

Village: Winner, Moorsholm, gold. Other awards: Greatham, gold; Washington Village, gold; Lesbury, silver gilt; Middleton in Teesdale, silver gilt; Shotley Bridge, silver gilt; Sadberge, silver; Newfield/Pelton Lane Ends, silver; Medomsley, silver; High Pittington, bronze.

Large Village: Winner, Warkworth, gold. Other awards: Bellingham, gold; Stainton & Thornton, gold; Ord, silver gilt; New Hartley, silver; Cornforth, bronze; Dinnington, bronze; Seghill, bronze.

Small Town: Winner, Corbridge, gold. Other awards: Middleton St George, gold; Nunthorpe, gold; Ponteland, gold; Sedgefield, gold; South Bank, gold; Waldridge, gold; Chilton, silver gilt; Marton West Ward, silver gilt; Seaton Sluice, silver gilt; Grangetown, silver.

Town: Winner, Morpeth, gold. Other awards: Alnwick, gold; Berwick, silver gilt; Hexham, silver gilt; Marske, silver gilt; West Bedlington, silver gilt; Ferryhill, silver; Stanley, silver.

Large Town: Winner, Durham, gold. Other awards: Cramlington, gold; Hetton-le-Hole, gold; Houghton-le-Spring, gold; Blyth, silver gilt; Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; Prudhoe, silver gilt; Whickham, silver gilt.

Small City: Winner, Washington, silver gilt.

Large City: Winner, Sunderland, gold.

Best Urban Community: Winner, Belmont, Carrville and Gilesgate Moor, silver gilt.

Best Coastal Resort: Winner, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, gold. Other awards: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, silver; Redcar, silver.

Most Improved: High Pittington.

Best Overall: Moorsholm.


Business Parks: Winner, Rainton Bridge South Business Park, Hetton-le-Hole, gold. Other awards: Sunderland, Doxford International Business Park, gold; Middleton in Teesdale, Kirkcarrion Estate, gold; Newcastle Business Park, gold; Ponteland, Prestwick Business Park, gold; Cawledge, Alnwick, silver gilt.

Care/Residential/Convalescent Homes/Day Centres/Hospices: Winner, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, gold. Other awards: Athol House Community Garden, Ponteland, gold; Benmar House, Morpeth, gold; Carntyne Nursing Home, Hexham, gold; Chilton Care Home, Chilton, gold; Manor House Care/Residential Home, Whickham, gold; Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Middleton-St-George, gold; Petilaw, Corbridge, gold; Pottergate Adult Learning Centre, Alnwick, gold; Windsor Court, Corbridge, gold; Connaught Court, Nunthorpe, silver gilt; Abbey Court, Hexham, silver gilt; Garden House Care Home, Berwick, silver gilt; Jubilee Lodge, Cramlington, silver gilt; Northumberland County Blind Association, Morpeth, silver gilt; Trinity Court, Corbridge, silver gilt; Whitby Rise Care Home, Houghton le Spring, silver gilt.

Religious Establishments: Winner, St Mary’s Parish Church, Moorsholm, gold. Other awards: Alnwick Cemetery, Alnwick, gold; St Andrew’s & St Mark’s Church, Newbiggin, gold; St Lawrence Church, Warkworth, gold; St Nicholas’ Church, Cramlington, gold; Welcome Chapel, Cramlington, gold; All Saints Church, Ferryhill, silver gilt; Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; St Cuthbert’s RC Church, Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; Hexham Cemetery, silver gilt; St Paul’s Church, Alnwick, silver gilt; Chilton Cemetery, Chilton, silver; St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton le Spring, silver; The Holy Weeds of St Cuthbert’s Church, Blyth, silver; South Road Cemetery and Crematoria, Durham, silver; Mayfield Cemetery, Cramlington, bronze; St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, bronze.

Commercial Premises: Winner, Alan Proctor Twelve Central, Middleton St George, gold. Other awards: Church Point Caravan Park, Newbiggin, gold; Conduit Cafe, Middleton in Teesdale, gold; Heighley Gate Garden Centre, Morpeth, gold; Ord Country Park, Berwick, gold; Old Hartley Caravan Park, Seaton Sluice, gold; G Rutherford and Co. Ltd, Morpeth, gold; Turnbull’s Butchers, Alnwick, gold; Whickham Hermitage Commercial Premises, gold; 1618 Cafe, Middleton in Teesdale, gold; Green Florist, Washington Village, silver gilt; Northumberland Gazette, Alnwick, silver gilt; Topsy Turvy Shop, Warkworth, silver.

Pubs and Hotels: Winner, Ramside Hall Hotel, Belmont, Durham, gold. Other awards: The Angel, Corbridge, gold; The Blackbird, Ponteland, gold; The Black Bull, Corbridge, gold; The Coach Inn, Lesbury, gold; The Dun Cow, Sedgefield, gold; The Golden Lion, Sedgefield, gold; The John Bull Beer Garden, Alnwick, gold; The Roker Hotel, Sunderland, gold; Saltburn House, Saltburn, gold; Southern Cross Public House, Marton West, gold; The Teesdale Hotel, Middleton in Teesdale, gold; The White Swan, Alnwick, gold; The White Swan, Dinnington, gold; The Cross Keys, Washington Village, silver gilt; The Diamond Inn, Ponteland, silver gilt; John the Clerk, Cramlington, silver gilt; Maguires Bar, Berwick, silver gilt; Whitehills, Waldridge, silver gilt; The Blagdon Arms, Cramlington, silver; The County Hotel, Hexham, silver; The Harry Clasper, Whickham, silver; The Masons Arms, Warkworth, silver; The Riverdale Hotel, Bellingham, silver; The Stainton, Stainton & Thornton, silver; The Waterford Lodge, Morpeth, silver; The Green, Cramlington, bronze.

Conservation Projects: Winner, The Nuttery, Old Hall, Washington Village, gold. Other awards: DEFRA - Lion House, Alnwick, gold; Durham Riverbanks, Durham, gold; Friends of Fairy Dell, Marton West, gold; Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, gold; Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton le Hole, gold; Princess Anne Park, Washington Gold, gold; Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Hetton le Hole, gold; Stainton Quarry & Kellgate Green, Stainton & Thornton, gold; Watergate Park, Whickham, gold; Valley Gardens, Saltburn, silver gilt; Wydon Water, Hexham, silver gilt; Belmont Scrambles, Belmont, silver; Willowburn Wildlife Corridor, Alnwick, bronze.

Bus/Metro/Railway Stations: Winner, Nunthorpe Railway Station, gold. Other awards: Alnmouth Railway Station, Lesbury, gold; Concord Bus Station Washington, gold; Hexham Railway Station, gold; Berwick Railway Station, silver gilt; Morpeth Bus Station, silver gilt; Alnwick Bus Station, bronze.

Parks: Winner, Ridley Park, Blyth, gold. Other awards: Barley Mow and Backhouse Parks, Sunderland, gold; Barnes Park, Sunderland, gold; Carlisle Park, Morpeth, gold; Chilton Park, Chilton, gold; Mowbray Park, Sunderland, gold; Riverside Park, Chester le Street, gold; Coronation Park/Castlevale Park, Berwick, silver gilt; Green Batt Park, Alnwick, silver gilt; Rectory Park, Houghton le Spring, silver gilt; Seldom Seen Doorstep Green, Washington, silver gilt; Town Park and Abbey Grounds, Hexham, silver gilt; Miner’s Welfare Park, Washington, silver; Gold Newsham & New Delaval Miners’ Welfare Park, Blyth, silver.

Shopping Precincts, Arcades and BID’s: Winner, Durham BID, gold. Other awards: Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington, gold; Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, gold; Concord Shopping Precinct, Washington, silver gilt.

Private Gardens: Joint Winners, Mr and Mrs M Short, 1 Palm Tree Villas, Middleton St George, gold; Mr and Mrs P Smith, Hazel Tree Farmhouse, Moorsholm, gold. Other awards: 16 St James’ Estate, Alnwick, gold; 41 Springfield Park, Alnwick, silver gilt; Sheila Proudlock, 4 St Cuthberts Terrace, Bellingham, gold; Mr and Mrs Wilkinson, 13 Westlands, Bellingham, gold; Mr Alan White, Hetton-le-Hole, gold; Mr & Mrs Leeway, 38 Grange Crescent, Marton West, gold; Mr & Mrs D Streets, 282 Eagle Park, Marton West, gold; Mr and Mrs Rutherford, 56 Manor Road, Medomsley, gold; Brian Lovatt & Joanna Tait, Middleton in Teesdale, gold; 14 Chapel Place, Moorsholm, gold; 28 Cookgate, Nunthorpe, gold; Mr R Howdon, 5 High Shaw, Prudhoe, gold; 1 Orchard Close, Prudhoe, gold; 7 Britannia Mansions, Saltburn, gold; T Kay and M Galley, 1 Hadleigh Close, Sedgefield, gold; Mr & Mrs E J O’Rourke, 2B High Riffs, Stainton, gold; Mr & Mrs J Sargent, 9 Alnwick Close, Waldridge, gold; 23 East Bridge Street, Washington, gold; Mr W Llewelyn, 17 Front Street, Greatham, silver gilt; 7 Abbey Road, Sadberge, silver gilt; Mr and Mrs Fiddes, Warkworth, silver gilt; Mr Gorman, 58 Broadway, Blyth, silver; 3 East View, Sadberge, silver; 38 Hobb Hill Crescent, Saltburn, silver.

Grounds of Hospitals, Universities and Public Buildings: Winner, University Of Durham Estate, gold. Other awards: Parish Hall, Corbridge, gold; Sunderland University, gold; Hexham Hospital, silver gilt.

Sports Grounds: Winner, Middlesbrough Golf Club, Marton West, gold. Other awards: The Bowling Club, Berwick, gold; Mainsforth Sports Complex, Ferryhill, gold; Hexham Golf Club, gold; The Racecourse, Redcar, gold; Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick, silver gilt; Leyburn Grove Sports Complex, Houghton le Spring, silver gilt; The Bowling Club, Nunthorpe, silver gilt; Bowling Green and Tennis Club, Ponteland, silver gilt; Glebe Walfare Park, Washington, silver gilt.

Residential Communities: Winner, The Birches, Whickham, gold. Other awards: Robert Adam Court, Alnwick, gold; Appletree Rise, Corbridge, gold; Woodbine Terrace, Corbridge, gold; Tanners Row, Hexham, gold; Fearnhead, Marton West, gold; Miners’ Cottages, New Hartley, gold; Bowland Close, Nunthorpe, gold; Peel House Apartments, Ponteland, gold; Huncliffe Court, Saltburn, gold; The Steadings, Seaton Sluice, gold; Clarement Grove, Sedgefield, gold; Beech Grove, Washington, gold; East Bridge Street Residents, Washington, gold; Liberty Green Housing Development, Washington Village, gold; Railway Cottages, Berwick, silver gilt; Holmlands Park, Sunderland, silver gilt; Meldyke Place, Stainton & Thornton, silver.

Allotments: Joint Winners, Westlands Allotments, Bellingham, gold; St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham, gold. Other awards: The Allotments, Belmont, gold; Lions House Allotments, Berwick, gold; Delaval Gardens Allotment, Blyth, gold; Aydon Road Allotments, Corbridge, gold; Bob Heron’s Allotment, Houghton le Spring, gold; Bellevue Allotments, Middleton St George, gold; Sadberge Road Allotments, Middleton St George, gold; Zetland Allotments, Saltburn, gold; Primrose Allotments, Sunderland, gold; The Allotments, Waldridge, gold; Ayton Gardens Allotments, Washington, gold; St James’ Allotments, Alnwick, silver gilt; West View Allotments, Cramlington, silver gilt; Prestwick Allotments, Ponteland, silver gilt; Hazelgrove Allotments & Town Learners Assn, Saltburn, silver gilt.

Tourist and Visitor Attractions and Country Estates: Winner, Durham University Botanic Gardens, gold. Other awards: The Alnwick Garden, gold; Northumberlandia, Cramlington, gold; Hardwick Country Park, Sedgefield, gold; Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade, Sunderland, gold; Hulne Park, Alnwick, silver gilt; Hester Pit Disaster Memorial Garden, New Hartley, silver gilt.

Outstanding Voluntary Contribution: Ronnie Alliker, Stanley; Tom Cartwright, Moorsholm; Derek English, Medomsley; Joyce Howard, Saltburn; Martin Winn, Durham.

Northumbria in Bloom: Keel Square and St Mary’s Boulevard.

Discretionary Award: Sunderland.