Britain in Bloom judges have visited Durham to assess its bid for competition glory. Judges were in the city yesterday (7 August) and visited a number of locations including Wharton Park, the Durham University Botanic Garden and Durham Cathedral.
Britain in Bloom judges have visited Durham to assess its bid for competition glory.
Judges were in the city yesterday (7 August) and visited a number of locations including Wharton Park, the Durham University Botanic Garden and Durham Cathedral.
They also looked at floral displays on Durham’s roundabouts and in the Market Place and met representatives from Durham County Council, partner organisations and volunteer groups which come together each year to brighten up the city with flowers.
Durham has entered the Royal Horticultural Society competition for 39 years and took home gold medals in 2016, including one in the prestigious 'Champion of Champions' category.
In thanking the city for such a warm welcome and praising the ingenuity of council staff for their unique floral roundabout displays, judge Brendan Mowforth said: “Thank you for inviting us to have a look around your beautiful city. We are very impressed and we have thoroughly enjoyed it.”
He added: “We’ve had a wonderful day, seen wonderful things and the weather has been perfect.”
Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how the city is looking. I’m very hopeful we will do well this year thanks to all of the hard work which has gone into the In Bloom competition. I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers for making this city such a magnificent sight for visitors and residents like.”
The winners of Durham BID’s Best Dressed Window competition were also unveiled at a ceremony in Durham Town Hall. The Good Use of Merchandise Award went to LA Designer Flowers for the market stall entry and Woven for the shop. The Blooming Good Fun Award went to Andersons of Durham for the market stall entry and Rupert and Buckley for the shop.
The Non Retail Award went to Old Tom’s Gin Bar and the People’s Choice Award, voted for by members of the public on Facebook, went to St Cuthbert’s Hospice Shop. Mugwump and Gateway World Shop were highly commended.
The results of Britain in Bloom will be announced in October.