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Beautiful Durham winners announced

Published October 31, 2018 11.09am

Green fingered folk in the Durham City area have been awarded for their floral displays.

Beautiful Durham winners

Headteacher of Durham Gilesgate School with pupils, Ron Potter from the Belmont Allotments Club, and the Mayor of Durham and our Chairman Cllr John Lethbridge

Our Beautiful Durham competition encourages impressive floral displays and environmental improvements to create and celebrate a more attractive environment to live, visit or work in. 

Valerie Crago, from Sherburn Village, was crowned overall winner in a ceremony at Durham Town Hall. Her garden was described as the best all round through the selection of plants present, providing riotous colour together with a high standard of maintenance.

No age barrier 

Taking home the prize for best group horticultural project was Durham Gilesgate Primary School, proving that gardening has no age barrier. The enthusiastic primary school children maintain an allotment and utilise it in various educational ways.

Entries were judged on their visual impact, colour and texture, presentation, maintenance and environmental awareness and where applicable, community involvement.

Oliver Sherratt, our head of direct services, said: "The Beautiful Durham competition is a fantastic way for green fingered Durham residents to showcase their skills. Well done to everyone who took part."

Best Small City

All entries contributed to the overall efforts of the city in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom competition. The county won a series of awards including best overall entry and best small city for Durham, and best large town for Chester-le-Street.

Durham City was also crowned Best Small City at this year's RHS' Britain in Bloom competition at a ceremony in Belfast.

Beautiful Durham is free to enter and open to residents, schools and organisations in Durham City and the surrounding villages.

For more information and to see the full list of winners visit The Beautiful Durham gardening competition.

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