Some of the city’s most talented gardeners have gathered to celebrate the Sunderland in Bloom Awards 2016.
The annual awards, which are in their 22nd year, recognise the outstanding efforts of individual gardeners, community groups, and anyone else who take the time and effort to create some beautiful greenery outside their home, schools and in their communities.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, presented trophies, certificates and gift tokens for the winners in each of the 5 categories, at an awards ceremony in the Civic Centre. There is a winner in each category from each part of the city: Sunderland North, Sunderland East, Sunderland West, Washington and the Coalfields.
Cllr Emerson, said: “These annual awards give us the chance to recognise and celebrate the massive contribution gardeners make to our city. The time and effort people devote to their gardens, floral displays and green spaces creates a better, greener environment for us all to live in and enjoy.
“The standard of the entries was exceptional and I’d like to congratulate all our winners and thank everyone who took part this year.”
Judges awarded marks for the best use of colour, design, use of unusual plant materials, visual effect and originality, and as well as individual entries, awards were given to churches, youth groups, allotment sites and pubs. A special award was also presented to Doxford International Business Park for outstanding contribution to brightening up the grounds with horticultural displays at one of the city’s business quarters.
The winners also had the chance for their prize winning displays to be entered into the regional Northumbria in Bloom or national Britain in Bloom competitions.