The judges have made their choices and the final votes for the People’s Choice have been cast – it is now time to reveal the winners of Darlington in Bloom for 2016.
Dozens of gardening enthusiasts, including individuals, schools, community groups and businesses, across the borough took part in this year’s competition.
A panel of judges drew up a shortlist of gardens which they visited before selecting the winners of five of the categories, while the remaining entrants were put forward for the People’s Choice Award – decided by public vote online via Facebook and in person at Crown Street Library.
This year’s winners were:
Best garden – Len Souter, Heron Drive, Darlington
Best yard – Diane Lambert, Farrer Street, Darlington
Best business – The Tawny Owl, Neasham Road, Darlington
Best community garden – William Maychell, Cocks Memorial Homes, Middleton St George
Best alternative garden – Kelvin Vincent, The Education Village, Darlington
The People’s Choice award – Martin Rowell, Neville Road, Darlington.
Each of the winners was presented with a certificate and a £25 gardening voucher by the Mayor at a special ceremony at the Town Hall.
Councillor Brian Jones, Mayor of Darlington, said:
“Darlington in Bloom is a popular, annual competition that aims to celebrate the efforts of local individuals, businesses and community groups who help make the borough a more attractive place to live and work.
“It’s been a pleasure to see the pictures of our winning gardens and meet those behind the colourful displays – they really do help enhance our area.”
Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Transport, added:
“As always our judges faced a difficult task in choosing our worthy winners, and it was great to see so many people taking part in the People’s Choice vote.
“It’s the efforts of individuals, community groups and businesses such as these that will help us keep Darlington blooming despite the tough financial circumstances that we face. By working together we can continue to grow and thrive.”