A bloomin’ great effort bags gold

Rodie Bagnall (front, second from left) the chairman of Horden In Bloom, with Isobella Roberts along with the team of gardeners

Rodie Bagnall (front, second from left) the chairman of Horden In Bloom, with Isobella Roberts along with the team of gardeners

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​PARISH council chiefs are celebrating after picking up a bunch of top awards for the way their village greenery looks.

Horden Parish Council bosses have a lot to smile about after the village won two accolades in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards.

The village’s Welfare Park was entered into the competition and achieved gold on its first attempt, and the judges went one step further and awarded the park the Ken Sherwood Trophy for the Best Park in the town section.

Horden itself retained its silver award in the town section, which council chiefs say is an excellent achievement.

Describing his shock at picking up the Ken Sherwood Trophy, parish council clerk Paul Davison said: “This was completely unexpected and a massive achievement for the village, beating off stiff competition from other communities such as Alnwick, Hexham, Spennymoor and Ferryhill amongst others.”

Judges descended on the village in July and were impressed with the sheer efforts of the community in the upkeep of various locations, including the local parks and cemeteries.

The winners were announced during a ceremony at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Mr Davison said the awards came thanks to a team effort, adding: “This is truly a fantastic achievement for which the community should be proud.

“There are many contributors to the success of the park, from the trustees who provide the vision to progress the park forward, to the members of the public who enjoy the recreation facilities and enjoy the open space that the park provides.

“Special mention must, of course, go to the Welfare Park parks staff, who maintain the park on a daily basis.”

Easington Colliery in Bloom won the silver gilt award, having won silver for the previous two years and bronze the previous year.