Help win gold

HOPEFUL: Left to right, Easington Colliery in Bloom members Jamie Garside and Christine Stoker with Jackie Gibson, of Easington Colliery Partnership and Michael Fishwick
HOPEFUL: Left to right, Easington Colliery in Bloom members Jamie Garside and Christine Stoker with Jackie Gibson, of Easington Colliery Partnership and Michael Fishwick

GREEN-FINGERED enthusiasts are waiting on tenterhooks to see if their gardening efforts have what it takes to scoop a prestigious award.

Volunteers from the Easington Colliery in Bloom group have completed a planting scheme as it prepares for the summer judging of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Last year, the group picked up a silver award in the top event thanks to the hard work of a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Through a series of action days and with the support of local organisations, including conservation group BTCV, Easington Colliery Regeneration Partnership, Easington Colliery Parish Council, Durham County Council’s Civic Pride (Easington) Team and Accent Housing, the group has transformed community areas with hundreds of bedding plants, shrubs and trees.

In the run up to Northumbria in Bloom and judges returning to the village next week, Easington in Bloom is appealing for more residents, local groups and businesses to come forward and volunteer some of their time to help in any way they can.

The group is urging residents to spruce up their little area outside their house, shop or business to make all the difference.

The group holds monthly evening meetings and regular action days every Thursday from 10am until noon at Easington Social Welfare Centre, in Seaside Lane.

As well as a meeting planned for tomorrow, there will be additional meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the run-up to the judges’ expected arrival next Thursday.

Donations of plants, cash or “elbow grease” would be gratefully received, says Michael Fishwick, Accent Community and Regeneration Partnership’s community co-ordinator.

Mr Fishwick added: “I think we have a really good chance of a prize or even doing better than last year’s silver award because we are getting more people involved and people have commented on the bedding schemes we have done, they are really brightening the place up. “But we need more people to come forward and just do a little bit.

“If everybody does a little bit, we will have an even bigger impact.”

Northumbria in Bloom judges will be visiting areas including Easington Colliery Library, the Memorial Gardens and local allotments.

The group will find out later in the summer whether they have been successful.

Potential volunteers or donors can contact Jackie Gibson for more information. 07877450153 / 01915272357 or email: jackieagibson@yahoo.co.uk