East Midlands in Bloom winners to receive awards during ceremony at Northampton’s Guildhall

Pictured L-R are: Sue Ousley, Robbie Speirs, Simon Fowler, Matthew Owen, Brian Oldham and Alan Bottwood
Pictured L-R are: Sue Ousley, Robbie Speirs, Simon Fowler, Matthew Owen, Brian Oldham and Alan Bottwood
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Keen gardeners from schools, businesses and homes in Northampton will be honoured for their efforts at a ceremony at the Guildhall tomorrow night (Thursday). There were more than 70 entries this year into the Northampton in Bloom awards, which contributes to the Borough’s entry in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.

Among the record number of participants this year, are:

• 11 schools

• 30 community groups and residents’ associations

• 10 pubs or businesses

• 18 gardens at private homes

As well as parish councils and allotment associations.

East Midlands in Bloom judge Doug Stacey will also be presenting awards won in the regional competition, in which Northampton again won a silver-gilt award, along with the Judge’s Award for ‘Spreading the Word across the Entire City’ and the East Midlands in Bloom Committee Award for ‘Making the Whole City Bloom’.

Also presenting awards are Councillor Brian Oldham of the Northampton Bloom Committee, Councillor Christopher Malpas, Mayor of Northampton and Johnnie Amos, gardening expert from BBC Northampton.

Councillor Mary Markham, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Bloom just keeps getting better and better. We had more entries than ever this year and for me, the highlight was the East Midlands judge’s decision that we had made the whole of Northampton bloom. It’s the icing on the cake and a tribute to the efforts of everyone who took part. I will be taking the opportunity to extend my thanks to them all – and to our sponsors – for the efforts they have made to improve the quality of life in Northampton.”

The competition was sponsored by K & J Hird; Moulton College; Enterprise; Wooden Supplies; Stagecoach; Chelton Brown; Tesco; Aspers; The Abington; Seckingtons; Workbridge; Tangerine Red

The awards ceremony takes place at the Guildhall from 6pm.