Blyth In Bloom

This is the third year of our competition to celebrate the gardeners of Blyth.  Scroll down to get your entry form.

Click here for your competition entry form.


We were delighted to have 20 entrants in the competition this year 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 it’s not an easy task!

The presentation evening was held on Tuesday 11 September 2018, again at the Comrades Club, and it was great to see so many people there.  Cllr Kath Nisbet welcomed everyone before handing over to the Mayor, Cllr Adrian Cartie, to announce the winners who were given their prizes by Bob Stephenson, judge.  This year we awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in four categories - the winners were:

Best Garden
Winner Robert & Beryl Cessford Herring Gull Close


2nd Place Jean Hayton Pioneer Way


3rd Place  Jack Goodall  St Cuthberts Court


Best Yard
Winner Michael & Christine Morris Rosemary Terrace


2nd Place Stephen Wood William Street


3rd Place Steve Frake & Jane Freeman Wensleydale Terrace


Best Allotment
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.

We hope the competition will grow and we can welcome more gardeners of Blyth next year!

If you’d like to receive information about next year’s competition you can contact Alison at the office - or watch this page where the information will be posted in 2019.



2017 - The First 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.

The buffet was then opened and we all enjoyed the evening - mainly chatting about gardening and next year’s competition!