Wearside has scooped a bumper crop of awards in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Berwick yesterday.
The new Keel Square and St Mary’s Boulevard was honoured with a special discretionary award, while Sunderland was named winner of the Large City category, Washington Village was rated gold in the village section, and Washington as a whole was rated Silver Gilt, which was enough to see it win the Small City category.
Coun Michael Mordey, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “This is isn’t the first time gardeners and green-fingered folk in Sunderland have demonstrated their teamwork in economically challenging times and, frankly, sometimes difficult weather.
“We’ve got a strong track record in Northumbria in Bloom. I’m very pleased the judges have again recognised the efforts of ourselves, partners and volunteers in producing so many fabulous floral displays and public spaces.
“All the hard work is appreciated and congratulations to everyone who helped and put in many hours of dedicated work.”
Village: Washington Village, gold award. Shotley Bridge, silver gilt.
Large Town: Winner – Durham, gold; Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; Hetton, gold; Houghton, gold.
Small City: Winner - Washington, silver gilt.
Large City: Winner - Sunderland, gold.
Best Urban Community: Winner - Belmont, Carrville and Gilesgate, silver gilt.
Business Parks: Winner - Rainton Bridge, gold; Doxford International, gold.
Outstanding Voluntary Award: Martin Winn, Durham.
Care/Residential home: Winner - St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, gold; Whitby Rise Care Home, Houghton, silver gilt.
Religious Establishments: Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; St Cuthbert’s RC Church, Chester-le-Street, silver gilt; St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton, silver; South Road Cemetery and Crematoria, Durham, silver.
Commercial Premises: Green Florist, Washington Village,silver gilt.
Pubs and Hotels: Winner – Ramside Hall, Durham, gold; Cross Keys, Washington Village, silver gilt; Roker Hotel, Sunderland, gold.
Conservation Projects: Winner - The Nuttery, Washington Old Hall, gold; Durham Riverbanks, gold; Herrington Country Park, gold; Hetton Lyons Country Park, gold; Princess Anne Park, Washington, gold; Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, gold.
Stations: Concord bus station, gold.
Parks: Barley Mow and Backhouse Parks, gold; Barnes Park, gold; Miner’s Welfare Park, Washington, silver; Mowbray Park, gold; Rectory Park, Houghton, silver gilt; Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, gold; Seldom Seen Doorstep Green, Washington, silver gilt.
Arcades and BIDs: winner - Durham BID, gold; Concord Shopping Precinct, silver gilt.
Private Gardens : Mr Alan White, Hetton, gold; 23 East Bridge Street, Washington, silver gilt.
Hospitals, Universities and Public buildings; winner - University of Durham estate, gold; Sunderland University, gold.
Sports Grounds: Glebe Welfare Park, silver gilt.
Residential Communities: Holmlands Park, Sunderland, silver gilt; Beech Grove, Washington, gold; East Bridge Street residents, Washington, gold; Liberty Green Housing Development, Washington Village, gold.
Allotments: Bob Heron’s Allotment, Houghton, gold; Primrose Allotments, Sunderland, gold: Ayton Gardens allotments, Washington, gold.
Tourist and Visitor Attractions: Winner - Durham University Botanic Gardens, gold.
Discretionary Award: Keel Square and St Mary’s Boulevard.