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Warkworth, Morpeth Bloom finalists

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  January 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Warkworth in Northumberland has been selected from more than 1,000 entries to take part in the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

It is one of only 73 finalists and has been placed in the Large Village category alongside Melrose, Hillsborough, Tatsfield, Hutton Cranswick and Market Bosworth.

The county’s Morpeth is in the Town category, competing against Linlithgow, Newquay, Halstead, Windermere and Nantwich.

Last year, Warkworth won a silver gilt in the same section, and missed out on a gold. Warkworth hopes that this year they will win gold.

In fact, it could be a very special year for the village because as part of the nation’s Olympic 2012 celebrations, Warkworth is set to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay on Friday, June 15.

The RHS judging panel will tour in the summer, awarding points against three key criteria – horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility. The results will be announced in Guernsey in October at an awards ceremony.

On Saturday, February 25, the bloom team together with Warkworth C of E Aided First School, is holding a fund-raising coffee morning at the village’s Memorial Hall, from 10am to noon, to collect money for this year’s floral efforts. To offer support call Serena Coulter on 01665 710850.

You can find out more about Britain in Bloom and follow the 2012 contest progress here.

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