Britain in Bloom judges visit Northumberland village chosen as a finalist for 2014 competition

Great Whittington, which has an impressive history in the competition, will battle five other villages to win the horticultural crown

L-R Simon Gregory, Michele McKenzie, Val Tuck, Veronica Jones, Mayor Terry Robson, Judge Jeff Bates and Judge Ian Beaney. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) visit Great Whittington Village, the village residents are finalists in RHS Britain in Bloom 2014 competition.
L-R Simon Gregory, Michele McKenzie, Val Tuck, Veronica Jones, Mayor Terry Robson, Judge Jeff Bates and Judge Ian Beaney. Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) visit Great Whittington Village, the village residents are finalists in RHS Britain in Bloom 2014 competition.

A Northumberland village is in the final few for Britain in Bloom 2014.

Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society visited Great Whittington, near Hexham, yesterday, as the sun shone on the village’s beautiful floral displays.

Great Whittington, which has an impressive history in the competition, will battle five other villages to win the horticultural crown.

Judging criteria includes standards of horticulture and conservation as well as sustainability, cleanliness, tidiness and maintenance.

Val Tuck, co­ordinator of Great Whittington in Bloom said: “Great Whittington won best small village in Northumbria in Bloom 2013 so this year we have been entered into the Royal Horticulture Society Britain in Bloom final.

“We were extremely excited about winning best small village so have been working very hard all year in an effort to retain the trophy and to do well in the Britain in Bloom finals.

“Britain in Bloom is much more than just pretty flowers so, although we have a lot of floral impact in our displays, we also try to garden in an environmentally friendly way and are very sensitive to our countryside setting.

“We hope that we stand a good chance of retaining our title in Northumbria in Bloom as we have improved on last year’s entry in several ways with our new projects although the final word is with the judges on the day that they view the village and we can never be sure how well we will do until the awards ceremony in September.”

Chairman of Whittington Parish Council Simon Gregory said: “They are a well­ established and hard­working group that have done extremely well for many years. We wish them all the best for this year.”

This year’s winner will be announced in September. To find out more about Great Whittington in Bloom visit http://www.greatwhittington.com

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