In praise of garden gems

Northumbria In Bloom judges David Goodchild and Ann Pearson (centre) with Warkworth in Bloom members Jackie Galilee, Sandie Taylor, Josie Mulligan and Serena Coulter.

Northumbria In Bloom judges David Goodchild and Ann Pearson (centre) with Warkworth in Bloom members Jackie Galilee, Sandie Taylor, Josie Mulligan and Serena Coulter.

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GREEN-FINGERED residents are to be rewarded for displaying little gems in their garden, thanks to a new project by Alnwick in Bloom.

People who have attractive floral features outside their properties will be praised with a card which will be posted through their letter-box.

Northumbria In Bloom Judges Don Renton, Patricia Foster and Robert Germany with Alnwick representatives Sue Allcroft, Jane Mann and Elizabeth Jones, Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council and Gazette reporter Robert Brooks who gave a brief talk on the statue of Harry Hotspur in Pottergate during the judges tour of the town.

Northumbria In Bloom Judges Don Renton, Patricia Foster and Robert Germany with Alnwick representatives Sue Allcroft, Jane Mann and Elizabeth Jones, Terry Garnick from Northumberland County Council and Gazette reporter Robert Brooks who gave a brief talk on the statue of Harry Hotspur in Pottergate during the judges tour of the town.

Elizabeth Jones, coordinator for the Bloom team, said: “Alnwick in Bloom has noticed that, whilst out and about, there are little gems of attractive planting here and there, with a couple of window boxes here, and containers there.

“Throughout the summer, Alnwick in Bloom will be on the lookout for that unexpected corner and the quirky shrub turned into an eye-catcher, the smaller things that don’t cost a fortune but are a result of some carefully-crafted effort or even humour.

“The accolade is a card which will be put through the letter-box to show that we appreciate the window box or a nice little display.”

Northumbria in Bloom judges are currently in north Northumberland for the spring judging.