Growers are rewarded

Les Knight.Jean Hudson, and James Cowburn from Bridge Farm Allotments which won an Outstanding award at North West In Bloom.
Les Knight.Jean Hudson, and James Cowburn from Bridge Farm Allotments which won an Outstanding award at North West In Bloom.
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Green-fingered residents have been rewarded for their efforts in brightening up Blackpool this summer.

A total of seven awards were handed out last night to winners in the North West In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards.

Blackpool was also presented with the Silver Gilt Medal for Best Large Coastal Resort in the North West.

Judges from North West In Bloom spent two days in the town visiting Stanley Park and the Promenade along with community gardens, allotments, schools and churches.

Neighbourhood accolades were handed out within three categories – ‘Developing’ for new projects, ‘Thriving’ for more established schemes, and ‘Outstanding’ – by Blackpool Mayor Coun Eddie Collett during a ceremony at the town hall.

The winners were: The British Limbless Ex-Service Association in South Shore and St Stephen’s Church in North Shore (for Developing), St Chad’s Road and Bairstow Street (for Thirving), andChepstow Community Garden in Grange Park, Dunsop Court and Bridge Farm Allotments at Marton (Outstanding).

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “It’s fantastic that Blackpool has won so many North West in Bloom awards.

“This is a real coup for the town and the volunteers, parks staff and conscientious local residents deserve a great deal of credit.

“People from outside the area don’t often realise that behind the flashing lights and away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas there are some fantastic green areas.

“It’s great that this has been recognised.”

Meanwhile the Poulton in Bloom team scooped a gold medal award in the Best Town category at the North West in Bloom Awards.

Friends of Poulton Station were also recognised.

They were judged to have constructed the best station garden in the region, while Poulton Methodist Church gained an Outstanding accolade for its entries in the competition.