Villagers rewarded for improving their community through gardening

Northumbria in Bloom winners , Shannon Court, Hospital of God representatives and members of Greatham in Bloom
Northumbria in Bloom winners , Shannon Court, Hospital of God representatives and members of Greatham in Bloom

A picturesque village is celebrating winning a host of prizes in a regional community gardening competition.

Greatham on the outskirts of Hartlepool may be small, but that did not stop it winning three awards in Northumbria In Bloom.

Greatham Village

Greatham Village

It earned a Silver Gilt medal in the Village category after the efforts of the Greatham in Bloom group to make the village look bright and beautiful all year round.

Residents in Shannon Court impressed judges to win a coveted Gold medal in the Residential Communities section.

And the Hospital of God received a silver award in the section open to residential and care homes, day centres and hospices for the care paid to its grounds.

Greatham’s silver award for the village as a whole is one down from last year’s gold.

It is still a major achievement in what is an increasingly demanding competition

Brian Walker, Greatham in Bloom

But Brian Walker, of the Greatham in Bloom campaign, said he was not to downhearted.

Mr Walker said: “We are not too disappointed as Gold medals were far fewer across the main competition this year.

“It is still a major achievement in what is an increasingly demanding competition.

“The only gold in the village category which Greatham falls into was to the winners Middleton in Teesdale.

“The other silver gilt village awards went to Beadnell and Washington Village. There were a further five silver medals and 2 bronze medals awarded in the village category.”

Shannon Court is a group of four almshouses where residents work hard to keep their corner of the village pretty.

Mr Walker added: “The residents here take a clear and very evident pride in where they live with a spreading display of flowers and shrubs which creates a delightful area for them to inhabit.”

The Hospital of God was also pleased to be recognised.

The 700 year-old charity provides care and residential services in the village and across Hartlepool.

And the organisation’s small team of gardeners enhanced by some of the residents work hard maintaining the grounds.

Mr Walker said: “The result is a mix of parkland with corners of delightful individual details.” Northumbria in Bloom is one of the founder regions of the national Britain in Bloom competition and covers the area from Berwick in the north to Cleveland in the south and Greenhead in the west.