Prizes for garden enthusiasts

Mr Heslopcollects the Best Small Garden Award from Coun Robinson and Pam Towers of Bedlington in Bloom.
Mr Heslopcollects the Best Small Garden Award from Coun Robinson and Pam Towers of Bedlington in Bloom.

Green fingered gardening enthusiasts have been presented with prizes for their work in a special ceremony.

Having just recently achieved silver-gilt standard in the Northumbria in Bloom Awards, it was Bedlington in Bloom’s turn to award their own prizes in a ceremony at St Cuthbert’s Church.

Trophies and certificates were presented by Coun Malcolm Robinson, Mayor of West Bedlington, and Terry Beaumont of Birchwood Nurseries to winners of the Annual Garden Competition.

Coun Robinson said: “A well-kept environment wis not only to the benefit of the owners, but raised the profile of the whole town in the eyes of visitors and potential investors.”

Pam Towers, chair of Bedlington in Bloom, added: “Thank you to the town and county councils for their support and said that she found the increasing participation in the annual garden Ccompetition by the people of the town particularly encouraging.

“Iam also delighted to that the group had been able to support more categories in the competition this year.”

After presenting the awards Coun Robinson thanked Azure Garden Centre, Birchwood Nurseries, WL Straughan and Son, Bedlington Allotment Association, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Trinity Church, The Salvation Army and a host of individuals for their particular support for the group throughout the year.

The prize winners were:

Large garden category : First - Mr and Mrs Coulson, Second - Mrs. Appleby, Special commendation - Mr. Auld.

Small garden category : First - Mr. Heslop, Second - Mr. and Mrs. Paxton, Special commendation - Mr. J. Coulson.

Senior citizen garden category : First - Mr. Smith.

Business and organisations hanging baskets category : First - Market Place Club, Second - Wetherspoons Red Lion

Business and organisations floral tubs category : First - The Craft Hive, Second - Peter Jackson Dental Practice

Youth awards for those young people contributing most to Bedlington in Bloom : West End First School and Leading Link.