Darlington has been recognised with two awards at an annual North East gardening competition for their floral displays.

Darlington Council collected two golds at the annual Northumbria in Bloom competition which recognises communities for their gardening displays.

Judges, who visited in May and July, recognised and rewarded the town and surrounding villages for outstanding floral displays.

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Darlington and Stockton Times:

Categories included business, religious, parks, horticulture and small town and small city centre for the council’s hard work effort and collaboration with residents and partners.

Stephen Harker, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted our town’s and villages floral displays have won these prestigious awards.

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"Year after year, much hard work and effort goes into the planning, designing, planting, and upkeep of our floral displays to ensure we - council staff, volunteers, street champions, Darlington Cares Friends of parks, businesses and residents – present our town’s and villages’ very best floral attributes, to the Northumbria in Bloom judges.”

“I can’t thank, everyone involved enough for all their hard work and dedication to ensure that, once again, our town bloomed beautifully… the medals awarded are in recognition of the fantastic collaborative work and are most well deserved.

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Darlington and Stockton Times:

“I am so proud to lead a council where the town and surrounding villages continue to bloom with pride and remain a great place to live and to visit!”

The town was previously awarded two golds at last year's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Along with the two golds this year, the council celebrates wins of two silver gilts, two best in categories, and the most improved overall entry in the competition.

Here are the results for our entries in the following categories:

  • The Devonport Middleton St George - hotel and guest house special award – silver
  • Tapas Bar - public house award – silver gilt
  • Atisha Buddhist - religious premises award - silver gilt
  • Hash - Best small commercial premises award –- silver
  • Firthmoor community centre - It's my Neighbourhood - level 4 thriving
  • South Park - Parks – gold
  • Middleton St George - small town award – silver
  • Cocks Memorial Homes in Middleton St George received gold and was awarded best in class  in the special residential communities category
  • Darlington town centre - best small city centre - gold