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Stockton, Sedgefield, Stanghow, Moorsholm, Eston and Ripon celebrate after Britain in Bloom awarda
HORTICULTURISTS in towns and villages across the region won some of the leading Britain in Bloom awards at the weekend.
Stockton won gold and came joint top of all the entrants in the City category at the award ceremony on Saturday, October 12.
It was also a big night for Sedgefield, which was awarded gold in the small town category, although it was not 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, east Cleveland, a special heritage award for Eston, Middlesbrough, and a silver award for Ripon in the large town category which was actually won by Morpeth in Northumberland.
A Royal Horticultural Society judge was quoted as saying: "Stockton-on-Tees 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 explained 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 at the Sedgefield in Bloom group explained the volunteers worked closely with Sedgefield Town Council and community groups.
She said: “We’re 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, just 77 finalists were chosen for the national final.
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