National judges were in north Northumberland this week as a village bids for a prestigious national title.
Warkworth is competing in Britain in Bloom for the second year running in the large village category, and hoping to build on last year’s Silver Gilt.
Warkworth in Bloom secretary Sandie Taylor said: “Having been awarded Silver Gilt last year, Warkworth in Bloom has once again been invited to take part in the RHS national competition.
“Only half of the marks are given for horticulture, with a quarter awarded for environmental responsibility, including conservation and biodiversity, resource management, local environmental quality and pride of place team. A further quarter of the marks are for community participation.
“Team Warkworth and our hard-working and dedicated helpers have been doubling our efforts over the past few weeks to keep the village looking as good as possible for judging day.
“We would like to give special thanks to Northumberland County Council’s neighbourhood services team for their interest, effort and hard work – especially Terry Garnick and Bill Pringle and their colleagues.”
Warkworth in Bloom applied for and won a prestigious Elspeth Thompson Bursary, administered by the National Gardens Scheme in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, earlier this year.
This is the first year the bursary has been awarded and only five out of around 300 entries nationally were successful.
This recognition was a great boost to Warkworth in Bloom and the bursary allowed the group to continue with the redevelopment of The Millennium Garden Diamond Jubilee Beds.