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It's a golden hat trick at Northumbria in Bloom

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It's gold medals all round as judges announce the winners at this year's Northumbria in Bloom Awards in Spennymoor.

Stockton again scooped the Best City category – an accolade it has received every year since 2004.

Billingham took top prize in the Best Large Town category and Thornaby was awarded top honours in the Best Small City award.

St Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick again impressed the judges to win the Best Kept Grounds of a Religious Establishment Maintained by Parishioners.

Preston Lane Allotments were winners of the Best Allotment Association category defending the top award they received last year. Brent Court Allotment Association in Billingham was awarded a Silver Gilt.

In the Award for the best combined efforts of residents of a community Parkfield Community Gardening Project won the gold medal along with St Cuthbert's Court in Thornaby.

In the category for the best kept grounds of a care or residential home Millbeck House Care Home in Norton and Parkside Court Residential Home in Thornaby both took Silver.

Teesside Industrial Estate was awarded Silver in the Best Business Park section.

Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park took Gold in the Best Conservation Project and in the Best Shopping Precinct section it was a clean sweep for the Borough. Wellington Square in Stockton took Gold, Thornaby Town Centre won Silver and Station Road Parade in Billingham secured Bronze.

Councillor David Rose, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "The success Stockton Borough has achieved at the Northumbria in Bloom awards is testament to the year-round, hard work and dedication shown by the Council's Care For Your Area (CFYA) Team.

"Huge thanks must also always go to the enthusiasm and commitment shown by residents, community groups and businesses throughout the whole Borough.

"In this Olympic year it is wonderful to see Stockton, Billingham and Thornaby all receive gold medals. It has been a real team effort with CFYA working alongside residents across the Borough to improve the environment."

Stockton is representing the region in the Champion of Champions category at the Britain in Bloom competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society. The results will be announced next month.