Success for Durham in Northumbria in Bloom awards

Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, which won a silver gilt in Northumbria in Bloom.
Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, which won a silver gilt in Northumbria in Bloom.
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Green fingers turned to gold and silver for floral volunteers in County Durham after claiming a string of awards in a regional environmental competition.

Durham City scooped gold and was a category winner while Chester-le-Street won a silver gilt in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom contest.

Durham City, a gold winner in Northumbria in Bloom.

Durham City, a gold winner in Northumbria in Bloom.

The accolades come after Durham County Council entered Durham City and Chester-le-Street into the large town category.

The entries were supported by local residents, organisations, businesses and partners.

Other town and parish council and community-led entries from around the county also enjoyed success.

Judges visited the entries twice, where they met members of the community who were involved in the various environmental improvement projects.

During their visit to Durham City they saw the work of a new project being carried out at HMP Durham and met with prison representatives.

The scheme involved enhancing the prison surroundings internally and externally with flower beds and other improvements.

Floral containers were made by inmates, teaching them valuable practical skills for life to use outside prison.

In Chester-le-Street judges visited Ropery Lane Cemetery and the town centre and met with community groups and partners involved in the campaign.

Coun Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Local Partnerships at Durham County Council, said: “We are thrilled that Durham City, Chester-le-Street have all done so well in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.

“Our congratulations also go to a host of towns and villages and other entries from across the county who have enjoyed considerable success as well.

“Durham City’s representation in Northumbria in Bloom also counts towards the national Britain in Bloom competition so it is an exciting and fantastic achievement on both a regional and national stage.”

For further information visit www.durham.gov.uk/inbloom or www.facebook.com/durhambloom