Village looking its best for judges

Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany(right) pictured with Brian Walker(left) and Dorathy Clark of Greatham Village.

Northumberland in Bloom judges Tom Pattinson and Robert Germany(right) pictured with Brian Walker(left) and Dorathy Clark of Greatham Village.

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JUDGES from a prestigious competition saw the efforts of the community when they visited a picturesque village.

Officials from the Northumbria In Bloom contest spent the afternoon in Greatham for their annual Spring inspection.

Residents pulled out all the stops for the visit by making sure the village was looking its best.

They joined in a community litter pick on the morning of the visit and answered an appeal by local campaign leaders to keep the area around their homes clean and tidy.

Dorothy Clark, chairman of the Greatham in Bloom group, said: “It went very well. We showed the judges around the whole village.

“They seemed very satisfied with what they saw, but you can’t tell.”

Greatham In Bloom also took pictures of the village in full bloom from earlier in the year including the spectacular snowdrops and bluebells.

They form part of a display in a shop window in the middle of the village.

Brian Walker, secretary of Greatham in Bloom, added: “The village was spotless thanks to all the work of people who took part in the litter pick on the morning.”

Mr Walker said the group is planning to create a new flower bed with special feature as part of its entry this year along with new planting for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Greatham is entering the Village category of Northumbria in Bloom, the voluntary group which spearheads Britain in Bloom from Northumberland to Teesside.

Eileen Burn, chairman of Northumbria in Bloom, said: “Taking part in the competition is a rewarding experience, which improves the environment for local residents, encourages tourism and businesses to come to our region, and develops community spirit and a pride in the local environment.

“Participation in the Northumbria in Bloom competition has improved the appearance of many places enormously, and this has been remarked upon by residents and visitors alike. Winners of the national competition have benefited from the increase in local awareness and tourism.”

The judges will return to Greatham in the summer and residents will find out how the village has fared in September.