By Royal appointment

Serena Coulter and Sandie Taylor from Warkworth in Bloom at the Diamond Jubilee flower bed with the letter from Buckingham Palace.
Serena Coulter and Sandie Taylor from Warkworth in Bloom at the Diamond Jubilee flower bed with the letter from Buckingham Palace.
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THE Royal seal of approval has been given to a north Northumberland village’s floral bid in a national competition.

Warkworth is battling it out in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and judges are coming to the village today.

As part of the horticultural efforts, the green-fingered Warkworth in Bloom team has created a special display to honour the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year.

And the village has now received a good luck message from the Queen herself.

Sandie Taylor, Warkworth in Bloom secretary, said: “Serena Coulter, our treasurer, sent a letter to Buckingham Palace to say that we are taking part in Britain in Bloom this year. We said to the Queen that we have developed a diamond-shaped bed with white plants in preparation for the diamond jubilee next year.

“Serena got a letter back which said that Her Majesty was touched to hear our thoughtfulness and wished us well in Britain in Bloom.”

The display is in the village’s Millennium Garden.

The team hope it will put them in good stead for Britain in Bloom, where Warkworth is in the Large Village category.

“The diamond jubilee display is looking very good and we are confident. A lot of hard work has been put in and we are pleased to be sharing that with the judges,” said Sandie.