Britain in Bloom Judges' Reports 2010
Durham - Silver award
The City of Durham with its breathtaking scenery, historic architecture and meandering streets is a haven for visitors and residents alike.
This is complemented by the vibrant planting schemes, extremely clean streets and sympathetic developments currently taking place.
Eston - Silver Gilt award
The discovery of ironstone in 1850 not only changed the small village of Eston but also the landscape and the community for good.
In the last few years the Eston Residents' Association has campaigned to rebuild the community and commemorate the area's industrial past.
Sedgefield - Silver award
This small town with its agricultural heritage rests in an undulating area of countryside. There were many examples of floral displays throughout the town.
There were some good examples of artifacts relating to the agricultural heritage.
Stanghow - Gold award & joint category winner
From the moment you step into the village of Stanghow you can see what a great pride the community takes in its surroundings.
There are numerous superb gardens and many have extended out onto the verge. The natural areas are also maintained in a sympathetic way and the village has recognised its heritage with two recently erected features.
Sunderland - Silver Gilt award & category winner
This former industrial city, which lies between sea and countryside, has made great progress in improving its image. There were numerous green spaces and parks which have good tree cover and mixed plantings.
There is an active community involvement with many good examples of projects undertaken.