Residents are in full bloom

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Green fingered residents helping to improve the appearance of their community have been having a blooming good time.

West Bedlington Town Council’s Bedlington in Bloom group held their first garden competition presentation evening.

The night celebrated the achievements of gardeners, schoolchildren and the work carried out by the members of the group to enhance the West Bedlington area.

The award for Best Large Garden went to Mrs Coulson, who was also winner of the Overall Best Garden.

Mr Seccombe was the winner of the Best Small Garden, and sponsors Barchester Health Care’s Mr Phipps and Mr Beaumont of Birchwood Nurseries, Stannington, presented the awards.

Hugh Kerr, the chairman of Bedlington in Bloom, presented schoolchildren Jake Russell and Olivia Todd with prizes for growing the tallest sunflowers.

A total of 1,600 sunflower seeds, compost and pots were given to first and middle school children in early summer, who were then invited to take them home, plant the seeds and nurture them and, if possible, plant the sunflower in their garden.

Since the group was formed in November 2013, hanging baskets, tubs and railing planters have brightened up the town. Schoolchildren and young people have been involved in a variety of horticultural and communal activities including planting 300 trees and a thousand bulbs.

Bedlington in Bloom received a Highly Commended in the Love Northumberland Awards – Best New Project, and secondly, a Silver Gilt Award from Northumbria in Bloom.