Ready for judges

BLOOMING: Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany (right) pictured with Brian Walker (left) and Dorothy Clark, of Greatham Village during their visit in April
BLOOMING: Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany (right) pictured with Brian Walker (left) and Dorothy Clark, of Greatham Village during their visit in April

RESIDENTS are being asked to help lead their village to success in a prestigious environmental competition.

Greatham is once again entering Northumbria in Bloom and is busy getting ready for their inspection by contest judges on Tuesday.

In readiness of their visit, two street pride litter picks will be held in the village on Monday.

Greatham in Bloom, which spearheads the village’s entry in the competition, is looking for willing helpers to join them for an hour at 10am or 6pm.

They are hoping to go one better than last year in the Village Category when Greatham was awarded a silver gilt award.

Brian Walker, of the Greatham in Bloom group, said: “We are as well prepared as we can be considering the weather we have had.

“It has slowed us down and we hope it will stay fine for this weekend which is our busiest.

“The judges will look at the general tidiness, flower beds, conservation, and also things like recycling and environmental awareness.

“It is not just about a couple of flower beds, there is a lot more involved.

“We have a lot of help from some residents who do jobs around the village and bring their own talents.

“It brings the community together which is what is meant to do.”

Tuesday’s visit by the judges will be their second to Greatham following their spring inspection in April.

Northumbria in Bloom is the regional branch of Britain in Bloom and covers Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Organisers say involvement improves the environment for local residents, encourages tourism and businesses and develops community spirit and a pride in people’s local environment.

The results of this year’s competition will be announced at a ceremony in September.

If you want to take part in either of the litter picks go along to Greatham Community Centre, Front Street.