Britain in Bloom Judges' Reports 2009
Durham, famed for its magnificent Norman Cathedral and castle with the distinction of being a world heritage site, is being expertly managed and maintained for the enjoyment of thousands of visitors each year.
This entry’s portfolio gave the judges ample introduction to the past problems that had had to be overcome. The judging tour showed what a transformation had been achieved in this former mining village.
Despite the flooding experienced in September 2008 the judges were impressed by the commitment and hard work that has gone into preparing this picturesque market town for entry into the 2009 campaign, an indication (if it were needed) of the strong community spirit that exists.
South Shields is a very popular seaside destination with excellent sandy beaches and extensive green spaces where visitors can spread themselves around and enjoy the local amenities. The massed bedding display along Sea Road and new paving have added to the appeal of this seaside town.
In the introduction to the visit, the Secretary of the Residents Association said that the village was “united in a common purpose through our gardening activities” and that shone through the entire time we were in this beautiful community.
Stockton-on-Tees has worked hard in progressing their in Bloom campaign over the last two years, with the standard of bedding making a noticeable improvement.