Morpeth in Bloom Partnership Team celebrating the success at Northumbria and Britain in Bloom. Photo courtesy of Gracie Gray.

Morpeth has bloomin’ well gone and done it again winning Gold and Best Town in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition and now a Gold award in the national Britain in Bloom competition.

The Mayor of Morpeth, Cllr Jack Gebhard, and Nigel Lawton of Heighley Gate Garden Centre collected the award on behalf of the town from Chris Bevin, at the ceremony in Belfast on Friday night.

Nigel Lawton of Heighley Gate Garden Centre and Mayor of Morpeth, Cllr Jack Gebhard receiving the Gold award from Chris Bevin at the Britain in Bloom award ceremony. Photo courtesy of Britain in Bloom.

Cllr Gebhard said “We were in a really competitive category this year as five other towns received top awards.  The judges pointed out how impressed they were by how we engaged the community and how all our partners contributed to an outstanding effort”.

“On behalf of the Town Council, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed including Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, the County Council, Sanderson Arcade and all of the other groups”.

“A special thanks must also go to Heighley Gate garden centre who provided the flowers and whose hard-working staff provided the expertise that took us from good to outstanding”.

Heighley Gate garden centre have been a long standing Morpeth in Bloom partner and this year provided both to the Town centre displays and the planting of the beds at Deuchar Park and Town entrance displays.

Jon Wheatley, RHS judge said “The quality of the plants displayed in your Deuchar Park display was outstanding. The vibrancy of the red, white and blue display was particularly eye catching”.

Other areas of achievement included the vibrant colourful displays at Sanderson Arcade, the floral clock and floral displays in Carlisle Park, St Christopher’s House gardens, high quality art in the landscape and the Millennium Green and the exceptional partnership work with local businesses including the take-up of hanging baskets throughout the town.

The judges summarised by saying “Northumbria clearly has a jewel in the crown with Morpeth. Here the whole community contributes to create a wonderful experience for both residents and visitors to the Town”.