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It’s blooming great as Stockton judged top city and Sedgefield leads region’s rush for gold
GARDEN enthusiasts in towns and villages across the North-East helped secure some of the leading Britain in Bloom awards for the region at the weekend.
Stockton won gold and came joint top of all the entrants in the city category at the award ceremony on Saturday.
It was also a big night for Sedgefield, which was awarded gold in the small town category, although it was not the overall winner.
And the village of Stanghow, in east Cleveland – which is also a finalist in an international horticultural competition – won yet another gold for the region in the champions of champions category.
Other results for the region included a silver gilt award for Moorsholm, in east Cleveland, a special heritage award for Eston, near Middlesbrough, and a silver award for Ripon in the large town category, which was won by Morpeth, in Northumberland.
A Royal Horticultural Society judge said: “Stockton and its people have demonstrated that they are not afraid to keep re-inventing themselves and the current redevelopment of the High Street is testament to this.”
Stockton councillor David Rose, cabinet member for the environment, praised council staff and members of the public who worked on the project.
He said that £800,000 had already been taken out of the Care for Your Area budget, which includes horticulture and street cleaning, but another £1.2m still had to be found by March 2016.
He said: “Our thanks go to the residents and volunteers who work year-round complementing the work of the council’s outstanding Care for Your Area team to help to make the entire borough a greener place to live, work and visit.”
Norma Neal, publicity officer for the Sedgefield in Bloom group, said its volunteers worked closely with Sedgefield Town Council and community groups.
She said: “We are so pleased.
One thing we score really highly on is community involvement, which is wonderful.”
More than 1,000 UK communities participate each year in the RHS Britain in Bloom awards and of these, only 77 finalists were chosen for the national finals
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