Durham bids for Britain in Bloom

Terry Collins, chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership (l), and Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, with supporters and volunteers involved in Durham City's Britain in Bloom bid.

Terry Collins, chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership (l), and Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, with supporters and volunteers involved in Durham City's Britain in Bloom bid.

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A GREEN-fingered team have been praised for the efforts to get Durham City looking blooming great.

The city has blossomed over the summer in preparation for its bid to claim gold in the Large Town category of the Britain in Bloom competition.

The entry, organised by Durham County Council, supported the Durham in Bloom group, residents, businesses and public sector organisations and has seen 1,000 volunteers dedicate nearly 4,000 hours to the cause.

To show his appreciation, Terry Collins, chairman of the County Durham Environment Partnership, presented everyone involved with a special ‘Caring for your Environment’ award in recognition of their dedication and commitment. He said: “The amount of hard work local residents, businesses, partners, groups and staff have put into the Durham in Bloom campaign has been incredible.

“I would like to thank everyone – from Durham County Council’s Clean and Green and Civic Pride teams to young people, volunteers, project workers and businesses – for their wonderful efforts.

“Durham is a beautiful and historic city.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage but we are even more proud of those who help to make it a better place to live, work or visit – it is a testament to the passion and pride people have in their area.

“Everyone has done a tremendous job and deserves the highest recognition.

“The horticultural initiatives will last well into the future and go a long way to putting Durham on the map nationally in the Britain in Bloom competition.”

Britain in Bloom judges visited the city on August 7 and the results of the competition will be announced on October 16.

Durham City was nominated by Northumbria in Bloom judges as a finalist in Britain in Bloom after winning the Large Town category in the regional competition in 2013.

The results of 2014’s Northumbria in Bloom competition are expected to be announced next week.