Town looking blooming lovely ahead of floral judges' visit

Town looking blooming lovely ahead of floral judges' visit
03 July 2018

Volunteers and businesses are making last minute preparations as they get ready to welcome the Northumbria In Bloom judges to the town centre.

The town is entered in the ‘best city centre’ category in the competition, which encourages and celebrates community gardening.

The judges had their first tour of the town centre in April and will return next week to judge our efforts.

Many businesses are displaying hanging baskets and maintaining planters and volunteers and council staff have been working hard to make the town centre look its best. 

The judges will visit the town’s oldest and newest parks – South Park and Riverside Park - as well as spending time in Green Park and Stanhope Park.

Their tour of the town centre will take in the historic Yards, community gardens and the Hippodrome Theatre.

They will meet Street Scene staff, volunteers from Darlington Cares and from the parks’ Friends groups who give up their time all year round to pick litter, plant flowers and shrubs, paint and repair street furniture and maintain floral displays.

Brian Graham, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “This competition is a great way for us to celebrate the work being done by so many different people in the town to make it as attractive as possible for residents and visitors. I am sure the judges will appreciate their efforts.”

Seth Peason, chief executive of Darlington Partnership, said: “The town’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom is a perfect example of partnership working. Everyone has come together to make the town centre looks its best and to celebrate what Darlington has to offer.”

The judges will announce their decision in September,


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