GREATHAM is gearing up for a visit of judges as it again enters the country’s biggest horticultural competition.
The village is once more taking part in Northumbria In Bloom, the regional arm of Britain in Bloom.
Greatham is getting ready to welcome judges from the competition on Wednesday to show off its best environmental features.
Local organisers on the Greatham in Bloom committee are appealing to residents to show village pride ahead of the spring inspection.
Community litter picks will take place on Tuesday and helpers are wanted.
Brian Walker, of the Greatham in Bloom committee said: “Greatham in Bloom is run by a relatively small number of volunteers who labour to ensure the village is kept neat and tidy with highlights of planted areas to give those extra points of pride.
“We are having an appeal for folks to join us for an hour to tidy up the village on a couple of litter picks the day before the judges visit at 10am and 6pm.
“If residents cannot join us for one of the litter picks they can support our efforts to ensure Greatham remains an attractive place to live by simply looking outside their own homes and removing any signs of neglect, like litter and weeds, so their street is a beacon of pride.”
The litter picks take around an hour and helpers should meet at Greatham Community Centre, in Front Street.
The long cold winter has had a mixed effect on the showing of village flowers.
Brian added: “It’s been a hard year with the long winter holding everything back.
“That is good in that the daffodils, which the judges usually miss, are still coming out, but bad in that our spring bedding, largely winter pansies, are struggling to put on a show.”
Greatham enters the village section of the contest which also focuses on the level of community spirit as well as its appearance.
Last year it claimed a gold award and hopes to achieve the same success this year with residents’ help.