Horden residents hoping for clean sweep in Northumbria in Bloom

Isabel Roberts Hhorden in bloom) (rear 2nd right) with residents as they start the clean up

Isabel Roberts Hhorden in bloom) (rear 2nd right) with residents as they start the clean up

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RESIDENTS are hoping for a clean sweep of success in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Horden residents joined forces to give their village a spruce-up ahead of a spring visit from Northumbria in Bloom judges.

They held the event in conjunction with Durham County Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign, which runs until May 11.

It also sees Durham County Council provide equipment to help with the operation.

The Horden in Bloom group, along with Horden Regeneration Partnership members, volunteers and children from village schools carried out litter-picks before judges arrived for a spring assessment.

They will return in July to see what changes have been made, and for final judging in the event, which has seen the village win a clutch of gold and silver accolades in previous years after impressing the judges with some colourful community spirit.

Durham County Councillor for Horden, Coun June Clark, who is also a member of Horden Parish Council, said: “We met at Horden Social Welfare Centre and did a village clean-up.

“Quite a few people stopped and asked what we were doing and we told them about the judging.

“We are hoping to improve on the successwe had last year.”

Coun Clark added that an initiative is running in conjunction with Accent Housing to make additions to the village ahead of the Northumbria in Bloom judging.

These include putting hanging baskets up along the judging route, local allotment holders are also on board, preparing hanging baskets and local businesses are going to put money towards large planters around the village.

The next meeting of the Horden in Bloom group takes place on Tuesday, May 6, from 5pm-6pm at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street.

Organisers say that all are welcome to attend and hear about the plans ahead of the judges’ visit.