Northumbria In Bloom

Northumbria in Bloom began in 1964 as one of the founder regions of the national Britain in Bloom competition. Click here to view the website (Opens in a new window). The Northumbria region is the area from Berwick in the north to Cleveland in the south and Greenhead in the west.

The purpose of the competition was, and still is, to bring cheer to the country through community gardening. 

The judges, all volunteers, come from a variety of horticultural backgrounds.  Northumbria in Bloom is a registered charity, administered by a board of trustees.

Click here to visit the Northumbria in Bloom website (Opens in a new window).


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Northumbria in Bloom 2020 competition has been cancelled. 

Click here to read more (Opens in a new window).

Thank you for your understanding.

“Here’s looking forward to brighter days ahead.  Hopefully we will all bounce back stronger than ever next year for Northumbria in Bloom 2021” Andrew Jackson, Chair, Northumbria in Bloom


Our judges, Pamela Dive, Anthea Stephenson and John Richards, made their Spring visit on Friday 12 April 2019. Pamela and Anthea returned for the final visit on Friday 19 July but, unfortunately, John wasn’t able to join them.  The awards were presented on Wednesday 25 September, again at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead.

The results for 2019 were:

Ridley Park - Gold
Ridley Park Care Home - Silver Gilt

Blyth overall received a Silver Gilt again.

Please see the 2019 Portfolio by clicking here.


This year the Blyth entry was judged by Marjorie Holt, Janet Beakes and Colin Jubb.  Unfortunately, Colin wasn’t able to attend for the July judging but had visited all the areas in April and contributed to the Spring judging comments.

The awards presentation was held on Wednesday 26 September at the Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead and the results for our Special Entries were as follows:

Ridley Park - Gold
St Cuthbert’s Church ‘Holy Weeds’ - Silver
St Cuthbert’s Court - Silver

Tynedale House Care Home Sensory Garden - Silver
Bebside Allotment Site - Gold

In 2018 we were happy to receive a Silver Gilt overall for Blyth.

Click here (Opens in a new window) to view the 2018 Portfolio.


Following the visit from our judges, Moira Jocelyn and Liz Reid, in April we decided to enter the following for Special Awards: Tynedale House Sensory Garden (Care/Residential/Convalescent Homes)
Cowpen Crematorium (Religious Establishments)
Ridley Park (Parks)
St Cuthbert’s Court (Residential Communities, eg cul-de-sac, street).

The Special Entries were awarded the following:

Ridley Park - Gold and outright winner of the Parks category.
Tynedale House - Gold
Cowpen Crematorium - Silver Gilt
St Cuthbert’s Court - Silver Gilt
Our entry for the Private Garden, Louise Tweedy of Albatross Way was awarded Gold.

Overall for the Town we were again awarded a Silver.

We later found out that St Cuthbert’s Holy Weeds had been given a result of ‘thriving’ in the It’s Your Neighbouhood awards.

Click here to view the 2017 Portfolio.


Following the many positive comments that we received from residents and visitors to Blyth, it was agreed to extend the bulb and wildflower planting for 2017.
Bulb planting is concentrated on the Broadway Circle area - on the roundabout itself and the surrounding verges where new trees were planted in 2015 and 5 trees planted in 2016.

The wildflower planting extends along South Newsham Road and further along Rotary Way towards Broadway. This was also continued on parts of Renwick Road, Cowpen Road and Asda entrance. As part of National Tree Week (28 November - 2 December 2016) a total of 40 trees were planted by Northumberland County Council and the Town Council. These were planted in Ridley Park, at Broadway and South Newsham/Rotary Way.

The bulbs planted on the verges around Broadway Circle - Crocuswatch Broadway - Click here to view.


Please click on the link below to view the Portfolio for Blyth’s entry to Northumbria in Bloom 2016

Click here to view Northumbria in Bloom - Portfolio 2016 (Opens in a new window)

Please click on the link below to view the Portfolio for Blyth’s entry to Northumbria in Bloom 2015

Click here to view Northumbria in Bloom - Portfolio 2015 (Opens in a new window)

Please click on the link below to view the Portfolio for Blyth’s entry to Northumbria in Bloom 2014

Click here to view Northumbria in Bloom - Portfolio 2014 (Opens in a new window)