A VILLAGE is going for gold in a prestigious competition that marks its golden anniversary this year.
Judges for the Northumbria In Bloom initiative were visiting Greatham today to carry out their spring inspection.
The village is once again entering the regional wing of the Britain In Bloom competition which aims to improve the environment for residents, encourage tourism and develop community spirit.
Greatham’s campaign is spearheaded every year by resident volunteers on the Greatham In Bloom committee.
Organisers held two litter picks yesterday in readiness for the judges’ arrival.
An appeal also went out to residents to keep the area around their homes clean and tidy and weed free.
Last year Greatham won a silver gilt award in the village category which is open to places with 301-1,000 residents.
Today is its first chance to showcase all the planting and community initiatives going on in the village.
Brian Walker, parish council chairman, and Greatham In Bloom member, said: “Last year we got a silver gilt award but with it being the golden anniversary year of Britain In Bloom this year we would like to get a gold medal.
“The competition is all about community involvement. This year we have been more involved with Greatham Primary School who have been planting snowdrops.
“We couldn’t put our finger on what caused us to slip and get silver last year.
“Hopefully having the school on board will help boost our chances.”
Local volunteers have also applied to bloom organisers the Royal Horticultural Society for sunflower seeds which it is hoped the school children will help to plant.
Also as part of this year’s campaign, a booklet commemorating Greatham’s First World War soldiers, who are named on the village war memorial, will be produced and delivered to every house in the village.
The war memorial will also be spruced up with bright planters.
Northumbria In Bloom judges will return to Greatham in the summer before the results are announced in September.