Glorious Greatham wins gold in Northumbria in Bloom awards

Northumbria in Bloom judges during a visit to Greatham for their annual inspection.
Northumbria in Bloom judges during a visit to Greatham for their annual inspection.

A village has triumphed in a competition that brought out the best in the community.

Greatham was presented with a Gold award in the Northumbria In Bloom presentations for its efforts to keep the village looking attractive.

One of the "unusual planters" in Greatham.

One of the "unusual planters" in Greatham.

Dorothy Clark and Brian Walker, of the Greatham In Bloom group, which spearheads the village’s entry in the competition every year, attended the presentations in Berwick upon Tweed.

Dorothy, who is chair of Greatham In Bloom, said: “We are absolutely delighted. The village looked stunning when the judges came and more people than ever tidied the front of their houses and helped us with other things.

“It was a total community effort.”

Dorothy said the judges were particularly impressed with a new competition introduced by Greatham this year asking people to plant flowers in unusual planters.

Brian Walker and Dorothy Clark of Greatham in Bloom with the Gold award at the Northumbria in Bloom presentations

Brian Walker and Dorothy Clark of Greatham in Bloom with the Gold award at the Northumbria in Bloom presentations

She added: “The chairman of Northumbria In Bloom said afterwards they would like to promote themselves it next year.

“They were thrilled with everything they saw in the village. It focuses on everything from lack of litter, the environment, wildlife and community.

“There are lots of places in the village where we have done extra things and it is really beautiful.”

Greatham residents Windsor and Val Llewelyn, of Front Street, also won a Silver Gilt Medal in Northumbria In Bloom’s Private Garden section.

Prizes were awarded by Sir Alan Beith, recently retired MP for Berwick.

Over 60 villages, towns and cities entered the competition this year.

Chairman of Northumbria In Bloom, Eileen Burn, said: “It has been very encouraging to maintain the volume of entries this year and we hope to attract more in 2016.

“It is great to be able to share advice and give encouragement throughout the region as more and more people are realising the benefits of communities working together to create cheering year-round displays.

“I think the Bloom competition provides something to appeal to all groups and all ages.”