Shotley Bridge in Bloom

Today, judges walked around the conservation area to score our entry in the 2013 Northumbria in Bloom competition.  80% of the total marks will be awarded following their visit [20% were awarded at their spring visit].

Scores are given in three sections with five categories in each:

Horticultural Achievement – 40% [impact, horticultural practice, residential and community gardening, business areas and premises,  green spaces];

Environmental Responsibility – 20% [conservation and biodiversity, resource management,local heritage, local environmental quality,  pride of place];

Community Participation – 20% [development and continuity, communication and education, community participation, year round involvement,  funding and support].

The points awarded and the level of award will not be known until the presentation event in September.  Hopefully we will achieve a ‘Silver Gilt’ this year.

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