203It’s trowels crossed as Chester-le- Street hope to build upon their success in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Durham County Council’s Civic Pride and Clean and Green teams have joined forces with Chester-le- Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP), schools, businesses and community groups in their Northumbria in Bloom campaign.

Northumbria in Bloom judges will come to the town on Thursday 14 July to assess the hard work of all those who were involved.

Last year the town scooped silver gilt in the Large Town category and are hoping to repeat and improve on their success this year.

Alan Patrickson, Durham County Council’s head of direct services for neighbourhood services, said: “Everyone has come together to make Chester-le- Street town a more colourful and attractive place to live and visit.

“The judges were impressed with our efforts last year by rewarding us with a silver gilt and I’m sure we will be able to impress them again.”

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, adds: “It’s always great to see people working together on projects like these.

“The town may be blossoming but so are the people who give up their time and put in so much effort and dedication into their community.”

For more information about the In bloom campaigns visit www.durham.gov.uk/inbloom.