Great Greatham awarded gold at Northumbria in Bloom

Published Friday, 22nd September 2017

GREATHAM village has won gold in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition thanks to a combined community effort.

Supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, volunteers and residents brought the village to life through attractive floral displays and litter tidy up efforts.

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Each year Greatham in Bloom, a small group of dedicated volunteers, spearhead the village’s entry into the popular competition in the ‘mid-sized’ village category.

Malcolm Thompson and Brian Walker, of the volunteer group, attended this year’s presentation ceremony where Dorothy Clark M.B.E. was awarded a trophy in recognition of her years of voluntary contribution to the bloom.

Other Greatham winners included Shannon Court, which was awarded gold and joint winner in the ‘residential communities’ category, while The Hospital of God also received gold for its unique, well-maintained grounds.  

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Councillor Dave Hunter, chair of Neighbourhood Services at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It is a huge achievement for the beautiful and historic village of Greatham to be recognised for its conservation efforts.

“The dedication and hard work of those involved is proof of what can be achieved when the whole community comes together to take pride in the place they call home.”

Brian Walker, secretary of Greatham in Bloom said: “We are so pleased to once again receive this accolade, something which would not have been possible without a team effort.

“I would like to extend a big thank you to all members of Greatham in Bloom, the Borough and Parish Councils, volunteers, residents and businesses who have all played their part to achieve this huge success.

“We are always looking for additional volunteer support, so would encourage anyone who would be interested in joining the group to get in touch.”

To find out how you could get involved, please contact Brian on (01429) 870281.