SUNDERLAND has won a silver gilt at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain In Bloom National Awards.
The city was presented with the prize at a prestigious ceremony, hosted by Easington-born TV presenter Matt Baker, at an event in Guernsey.
Councillor James Blackburn, cabinet member for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted to have won the silver gilt award in the Large City category in the RHS Britain in Bloom National Finals.
“Once again, Sunderland has demonstrated a great example of teamwork and partnership in challenging times.
“It’s a fantastic result that reflects the hard work everyone across the city has put into Britain in Bloom.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the efforts of the council teams, partners and volunteers involved in producing the fabulous floral displays that have helped us win this award.”
More than 1,200 communities entered this year’s awards, from small villages to big cities, with over 200,000 people involved.
Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom UK judging panel Roger Burnett said: “We had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the most environmentally-aware communities in Britain and meeting the wonderful people responsible for them.
“The best thing about being a judge is meeting the volunteers. They’re hard-working and resilient, whatever’s thrown at them.
“Whether it’s a hosepipe ban or flooding, they’ll find a way around it.
“It’s a hugely comforting thought to know that there are over 200,000 Britain in Bloom volunteers across the UK.”
Last year, the RHS released a report demonstrating how Britain in Bloom benefits the physical, social and economic health of the country.
It revealed that being involved in the campaign was a key factor in driving visitors and investment into areas, thus improving economic wellbeing.
Local businesses flourish, jobs are created and local authorities save a vast amount of money.
The RHS is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden.