Blooming marvellous creations that will brighten up a North East community are to be judged as part of a national contest.
Durham City’s Britain in Bloom bid was officially launched by civic leaders yesterday.
Those gathered at the town hall heard Durham City has been shortlisted from more than 1,000 entries to represent the North East in the competition thanks to the work of its green-fingered residents.
Despite being a city, the area is included in the large town category in the 50th Society competition.
Sedgefield in County Durham has been selected separately for Britain in Bloom and will be one of the contenders to win the small town category. Their entry is led by Sedgefield Town Council in association with the Sedgefield in Bloom group.
Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, said it was a proud moment for the county.
He said: “For Durham City and Sedgefield to be finalists in the Britain in Bloom competition is a fantastic achievement and shows just how beautiful our county is.
“While floral displays are an important feature of the competition entries, judges will also look for high levels of community involvement and entries which enhance the natural environment.”
Mr Sherratt added: “We appreciate the dedication and hard work of everyone who is pulling together to create such impressive entries for County Durham and look forward to meeting the judges later in the year.”
As part of the entry for the national title, Durham County Council is asking residents, groups and businesses in the Durham City area to take part in the Beautiful Durham Competition.
Entries of areas spruced up by floral bloom should be sent to www.durham.gov.uk/beautiful
Judging for Britain in Bloom will take place in the summer and results will be announced in the autumn.
Durham City’s submission for Britain in Bloom is supported by several groups: Prince Bishops Shopping Centre; Durham Business Improvement District; University of Durham/Botanic Garden; Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral; East Durham College; Durham Markets Company; St Oswalds Church; St Margaret’s Allotments; Woodland Trust; St Cuthbert’s Hospice and East Coast Mainline.