Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

They're Blooming Great; Bunch of Gongs for Our Towns

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

They're Blooming Great; Bunch of Gongs for Our Towns

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Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN and DAVE ROBSON

TEESSIDE towns have bagged an Olympian-sized medal haul at this year's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Flower power helped Stockton borough win 20 awards, including Best City, at the regional event in Gateshead this week.

The numerous awards scooped by Redcar and Cleveland included Best Coastal Resort for Saltburn and Best Small Village, plus the Best Overall Entry, for Stanghow.

Stockton took a record nine golds as well as five silver, five silver gilt awards and an outstanding achievement. The borough was overall winner in four categories. Stockton won the Whitbread Trophy for Best City; Ropner Park took the Ken Sherwood Trophy for Best Park; Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park won the Durham Villages Trophy for Best Conservation Project and John Whitehead Park won the City of Sunderland Trophy for Innovation in Parks.

The awards also recognised the achievements of residents and neighbourhood groups.

Preston Lane Allotments won gold in the May Wooley Trophy for Best Voluntary Group, while there was also gold for St Cuthbert's Court, Thornaby, and silver for Carlton Close, Stockton, in the Northern Rock Trophy for Best Combined Efforts of Residents of a Community.

A proud Village Park Residents Association in Thornaby celebrated an Outstanding Achievement in the Large Neighbourhood Award.

Following Stockton's success in the 2007 Britain in Bloom awards as overall winner of the City category, the town is representing England in the 2008 International Communities in Bloom competition.

Councillor Jennie Beaumont, Stockton Cabinet member for the environment, said: "This is an amazing achievement both for Stockton borough and the Care For Your Area Horticultural Team.

"Both the colour and arrangements of the flower displays have helped brighten up the borough despite a dull, wet summer. …

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