In-bloom volunteers delighted with results

Green-fingered volunteers who work hard to maintain stunning community floral displays have expressed their delight after their efforts were recognised in a top competition.

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 2:30 pm
Celebrating their success in Northumbria in Bloom are Daisy the Alnwick In Bloom mascot and her friends Gill Parker, Jenny MacDowell, Elizabeth Jones, Tom Pattinson and Margaret Casey. Picture by Jane Coltman

Last week, the results of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom contest were announced – and there were some stand-out performances in the north of the county.

Alnwick once again took gold in the best-town category – although lost out to Morpeth (also gold) as the winner – while Lesbury was awarded silver gilt in the Village section, won by Moorsholm.

Among the special-category prizes, Alnmouth secured gold, winning the Best Bus/Metro/Railway Station class.

Elizabeth Jones is involved with the floral efforts in Alnwick and Alnmouth Station, and was pleased with the two gold awards.

“I am delighted with both results,” said Elizabeth, who is chairman of Alnwick in Bloom and founder chairman of the Friends of Alnmouth Station group.

She added: “In our opinion, Alnwick has never looked better and it is nice to know that all the hard work has been recognised.”

Reflecting on Alnmouth Station’s success, she said: “We achieved gold last year and we are over the moon that this has happened again.”

For Lesbury, the result marked an improvement, as the village improved on its silver award in 2016.

John Malloy, coordinator of Lesbury in Bloom, said: “We were very pleased. We have worked hard over the last year with our team of volunteers to make a lot of improvements and we are pleased to say that we have picked up some more volunteers over the last 12 months. It has been a team effort and we are pleased that all our effort has been recognised.

“We were awarded silver gilt a couple of years ago, but dropped down to silver last year, so we are pleased to be back up to silver gilt, and it would be nice to go one better next year.”