Town aiming for national bloom crown

MORPETH is once again aiming to win a national floral crown.

Town councillors have decided to go ahead with the entry for Britain in Bloom following a nomination from the Northumbria in Bloom Committee.

Success in the regional competition enabled Morpeth to be put forward for the Best Town category in the UK event for three years running from 2007 to 2009.

It received silver gilt awards, the second best available, on each occasion.

Now the bloom team is having another crack at the title after maintaining its regional dominance – winning the Northumbria in Bloom Best Town trophy for the sixth year in a row this summer.

Town council clerk Gillian Turner, pictured, said: “Councillors were keen to go for Britain in Bloom again and when we asked our three partners, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Northumberland County Council and Heighley Gate, they were all enthusiastic and happy to help with our entry.

“This will add to a packed programme for us next summer as we also have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Torch relay events, but we’re very excited about what will be an outstanding few weeks for the town.”

As well as the Best Town trophy in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom contest, the Chamber of Trade retained the Best Shopping Precinct or Retail Park title and Rutherfords received the Gladys Watson Trophy for the best individual commercial effort.