Beautiful Durham: Contest celebrates people who brighten up the city

Beautiful Durham 2 ' Some of the award winners in the Beautiful Durham competition with''Cllr John Robinson (centre).
Beautiful Durham 2 ' Some of the award winners in the Beautiful Durham competition with''Cllr John Robinson (centre).
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DOZENS of winners have been crowned in this year’s Beautiful Durham competition.

The contest recognises the efforts of community groups, schools, businesses and individuals who have helped brighten up the Durham City area and surrounding villages, with an array of colourful floral displays and environmental improvements.

The winners were honoured at a ceremony at Durham Town Hall, and awards were presented by county council chairman, Coun John Robinson.

“Residents and businesses have once again been showcasing their fine floral displays and the ways in which they have helped enhance their surroundings,” he said.

“Their efforts have made it a fantastic year for floral achievements in the Durham City area, and it has been a pleasure to hand out the awards and thank all those who took part in the competition and sponsored the event.”

Oliver Sherratt, the council’s head of direct services, said: “We have seen some really inspiring efforts in what is an extra-special year, because the entries counted towards Durham’s success in the regional Northumbria in Bloom competition, and as a finalist in the national Britain in Bloom campaign.”

Among the winners, the award for best school went to Durham Gilesgate Primary School, while the Court Inn scooped the title for Best Business premises, best house garden (small) went to Embleton brothers, West Rainton, and best house garden (medium) to Margaret Hands, of Framwellgate Moor.