Golds galore as volunteers see fruits of labour

Staff and clients at the Pottergate Centre with their Northumbria in Bloom discretionary award.
Staff and clients at the Pottergate Centre with their Northumbria in Bloom discretionary award.
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Green-fingered volunteers and garden lovers have been honoured for their efforts at the Northumbria in Bloom awards ceremony.

The prize-giving event took place at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light on Tuesday and entrants from north Northumberland were well rewarded.

Serena Coulter and Josie Mulligan with Warkworth's gold award from Northumbria in Bloom.

Serena Coulter and Josie Mulligan with Warkworth's gold award from Northumbria in Bloom.

Warkworth was named as the best large village for the 11th year in a row.

It received full marks in five categories, including community participation, year-round involvement and development and continuity.

The village was praised for its colourful horticultural displays.

Josie Mulligan, who is on Warkworth in Bloom along with Jackie Galilee and Serena Coulter, described the achievement as fantastic.

The Alnwick Garden was another trophy winner, taking the title of best commercial premises.

It epitomised a good year for Alnwick, which grabbed gold in the town category for the second year running.

Alnwick in Bloom chairman, Tom Pattinson, said it was pleasing to maintain the standard and that he was delighted to see the high number of entrants from the town which received gold in the various categories.

Lowick scored gold in the village category for the third year in a row.

Anne Waite, of the village’s bloom team, said: “We are delighted and it is down to the effort of the community.”