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Sedgefield blossoms for Britain in Bloom judges
OVERFLOWING hanging baskets, beautiful borders and a flourishing wildflower meadow were just some of the delights awaiting Britain in Bloom judges at a North-East town today (Tuesday, August 6).
Gardening experts Brendan Mowforth and Jon Wheatley, of the Royal Horticulture Society, were given a guided tour of Sedgefield in County Durham ahead of this year’s Britain in Bloom Awards.
Last year, Sedgefield received the gold award in the small town category and, having reached the finals yet again, a team of talented volunteers have pulled out all the stops to make their community blooming marvellous.
As part of the tour, the judges were taken to 13 sites in and around the centre, as well as picturesque locations on the outskirts of town, including Hardwick Park.
Mr Wheatley said he was very impressed by the efforts of the Sedgefield in Bloom Committee and the many residents and businesses that supported the campaign.
“I came to Sedgefield last year and it is lovely to be back on this beautiful day,” he said. “The people of Sedgefield should feel proud of the hard work that went into creating such a wonderful environment.”
Sedgefield is one of six North-East communities to reach the finals, with Stockton, Eston, near Middlesbrough, Moorsholm and Stanghow, near Saltburn, and Morpeth in Northumberland also hoping for glory in their respective categories.
The results will be announced at an award ceremony in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, on October 12.
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