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Blyth In Bloom
Blyth in Bloom 2022
Get your entry in for our 2022 competition!
The closing date for entries is Friday 8 July 2022 and judging will take place towards the end of July (dates to be confirmed).
♦ Best Garden
♦ Best Yard
♦ Best Commercial or Community Group/Project (to include pubs, shops, care homes, sheltered housing, churches, schools)
♦ Best Allotment Plot
Click here to get your entry form (opens in a new window)
Blyth in Bloom 2021
The Town Council started the competition to celebrate the gardening achievements of all residents entering. We were pleased to receive 13 entrants this year, despite the difficult lead up due to COVID-19 restrictions. The presentation evening was held on Wednesday 29 September and we would like to congratulate those who put enormous efforts into their outdoor spaces.
Congratulations to all of our entrants:
Joint Gold Star - Bob & Beryl Cessford, Jean Hayton**
**Judges Discretionary Award for Most Improved Garden.
Silver Gilt - Graham Norman Smith
Silver - Gillian Weedy
Silver - Graham Thompson
Bronze - Kathleen Brown
Bronze - Jack Goodall
Bronze - Sam Bagnall & Charly Quinn**
**Judges’ Discretionary Award for Best Efforts of New Entrant.
Gold - Jim & Lynne Edwards
Silver Gilt - David & Pat Sumner
Gold - Barbara Burns
Silver Gilt - Michael & Julie Boyd
Best Commercial or Community Garden
Gold - Newsham Primary School
Vouchers for all entrants were provided by Perennial Favourites - don’t forget to pop along and spend your vouchers!
Thank you to everyone who took part.
Look out for our 2022 competition.
Blyth in Bloom 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was with deep regret that we had to cancel the 2020 competition.
We have created an album of those who sent us photographs throughout summer 2020, showcasing their gardens that they had worked hard on during the difficult months of lockdown and restrictions.
Blyth in Bloom 2019
In 2019 we had 23 entrants - some who had entered the competition before but mostly new entrants.
Cllr Olga Potts, Chair of Environment Committee, welcomed everyone before handing over to the Mayor Cllr Warren Taylor to present the awards. We adopted the Northumbria in Bloom standards and awarded Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver and Bronze - as with Northumbria in Bloom, the same award can be given to more than one person in a category.
They chose to use their Discretionary Award this year and that was for an outstanding garden - we called this award Gold Star.
The Town Council started the competition to celebrate the gardening achievements of all residents entering and thought this was an improvement as it gave credit to the high standards reached by those who entered the competition.
The results were:
Judges’ Dicretionary Award
|Robert & Beryl Cessford||Herring Gull Close|
|Gold||John & Joan Percival||Bohemia Terrace|
|Silver Gilt||Jean Hayton||Pioneer Way|
|Coronation Street||Maureen Parkin Images|
|Jack Goodall||St Cuthbert’s Court||Jack Goodall Images|
|Audrey Parry||Mulberry Close||Audrey Parry Images|
|Gillian Weedy||Kiingfisher Way||Gillian Weedy Images|
|Carol Orrick||Shelley Crescent||Carol Orrick Images|
|Laura Gillis||Grebe Close||Laura Gillis Images|
|Michael & Margaret Johnson||Cypress Gardens||Michael & Margaret Johnson Images|
|Joanna Calver||Amble Close||Joanna Calver Images|
|Graham Thompson||Delaval Gardens||Graham Thompson Images|
|John Whittle||Pioneer Way||John Whittle Images|
|Gold||Laura Foster||Cowpen Road|
|Silver Gilt||Lynne & Jim Edwards||Cowpen Road|
|Silver||Irene Muldoon||Stanley Street|
|Stephen Wood||William Street||Stephen Wood Images|
|Christine & Michael Morris||Rosemary Terrace||Christine & Michael Morris Images|
|Gold||Barbara Burns||Newsham Side Club|
|Gold||Deborah Barnes||Beatrice Allotments|
|Best Commercial/Community Group|
|Gold||Belford Court||Devonworth Place|
|Silver Gilt||Pembroke Court||Plessey Road|
|Silver||Thomas Knight Nursing Home||Beaconsfield Street|
Thanks again to Adam and Fiona Greenwold of Perennial Favourites for their continued support in sponsoring the competition with vouchers for the nursery.
We were grateful for the support of Morrisons who donated bulbs and a hamper.
We hope everyone will enter the competition again and tell their friends and neighbours!
Take a look at the rolling presentation we had at the Presentation Evening in 2019 below.
Blyth in Bloom 2018
We were delighted to have 20 entrants in the competition in 2018, building on the 13 entrants in the first year. The gardens were judged on 24 and 25 July by our judges - Jimmy, Bob and Dave - and we would like to thank them again.as it’s not an easy task!
In 2018 we awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in four categories - the winners were:
|Winner||Robert & Beryl Cessford||Herring Gull Close|
|2nd Place||Jean Hayton||Pioneer Way|
|3rd Place||Jack Goodall||St Cuthberts Court|
|Winner||Michael & Christine Morris||Rosemary Terrace|
|2nd Place||Stephen Wood||William Street|
|3rd Place||Steve Frake & Jane Freeman||Wensleydale Terrace|
|Winner||Stephen McMillan||Beatrice Allotments|
|2nd Place||Barbara Burns||Newsham Side Club|
|3rd Place||Deborah Barnes||Beatrice Allotments|
|Best Commercial/Community Group|
|Winner||Sure Start Children’s Centre||Wright Street|
|2nd Place||Railway Tavern||Regent Street|
|3rd Place||Thomas Knight Nursing Home||Beaconsfield Street|
The winners were presented with a trophy, certificate and a £20 gift voucher for Perennial Favourites. A certificate and voucher for £15 and £10 respectively was presented to the 2nd and 3rd place winners. Everyone who entered the competition received a certificate and a voucher for 10% off at Perennial Favourites. Our thanks again to Adam and Fiona Greenwold of Perennial Favourites nursery (East Park View, Blyth - just beside Ridley Park) for being our sponsors and providing the gift vouchers - we are grateful for their support and advice.
2017 - The First ‘Blyth in Bloom’ Competition
The Presentation Evening for the competition was held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at Blyth Comrades Club and was well attended by the competition entrants, their family and friends, Blyth Town Councillors and invited guests.
Cllr Kath Nisbet, Chair of the Events Committee, welcomed everyone and gave a short introduction. She has always been keen to start a competiton for Blyth, since the one that had been run by Blyth Valley Borough Council, and was happy that a new competiton has been launched this year. She hopes that it would grow bigger in the years to come with everyone encouraging their friends and neighbours to join in. She thanked Alison McCabe, the Office Manager, for bringing the competition together. Cllr Nisbet then handed over to Cllr John Potts, Mayor, to make the presentations together with Jimmy Reith, one of the judges. Cllr Potts thanked the judges who were all present - Jimmy Reith, our colleague at Northumberland County Council, Bob Stephenson a former Blyth Valley Council employee and one of the Town Council’s main Bloom volunteers, Dave Clough, Blyth Town Council’s Allotments Officer - Cllr Potts was keen to point out that Dave didn’t judge the allotments category. He also thanked Terry Garnick, Northumberland County Council, for his advice and support. He explained how the judges had marked the entries before announcing the winners. The winners in each category were:
|Best Front Garden||Glen Brown||Chestnut Avenue|
|Best Back Garden||Robert and Beryl Cessford||Herring Gull Close|
|Best Back Yard||Isobel Hatcher||Forster Street|
|Best Commercial or Community Group||Tynedale House Residential Home||Represented by Linda Starkey|
|Best Allotment||Stephen McMillan||Beatrice Avenue Site|
|Judges’ Discretionary Award||Jean Hayton||Pioneer Way|
Each of the winners was presented with a personalised glass trophy, a certificate and a £20 gift voucher for Perennial Favourites.
All of the entrants were then invited up to be presented with a certificate and a 5% discount voucher for Perennial Favourites or Greenwolds Plant Centre at Royal Quays.
The Mayor again thanked everyone who took part and especially thanked Adam Greenwold, owner of Perennial Favourites and Greenwolds Plant Centre, for sponsoring the competition by providing the prizes.