Britain in Bloom 2017

Ponteland has been selected to represent Northumbria in the small town category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.


Ponteland has secured the coveted gold award in the ‘small towns’ category in Northumbria in Bloom each year since 2012 and the Town Council has agreed to a request from the Northumbria in Bloom Trustees to be the region’s entry for the ‘small town’ category in the national competition. Ponteland is also entered in the small town category for Northumbria in Bloom.


Ponteland will join 78 other Britain in Bloom finalists competing to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.


The efforts of everyone involved will contribute to the millions of bulbs, seasonal plants, perennials, shrubs and trees being planted around the UK by over 2,500 Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups transforming areas into green spaces that benefit both people and the environment.


Can we encourage as many groups as possible to enter “It’s Your Neighbourhood”.   Details can be found on the Town Council website or on the RHS site.   The link is


Councillor Carl Rawlings, Mayor to Ponteland Town Council said that “Ponteland is honoured to be selected to enter this competition and it is hoped that this will produce a feel good factor amongst the community”.

Councillor Joyce Butcher who has co-ordinated the Council’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom since 2003 stated that “I am really pleased that all of the hard work that goes into our Northumbria in Bloom entry has been recognised in this way. It is hoped that residents, businesses and community groups will get involved in the entry and demonstrate to the judges that Ponteland is worthy of an award in this competition”.


As well as the two inspections for NIB earlier in the year, in August there will be a tour with the Britain in Bloom judges as Ponteland makes a bid to win an award. The winners will be announced at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Llandudno on 27 October 2017.


Big plans are underway and over the next few months we will let you know the details through the Town Council website and Face book as well as in PNV.



It is hoped to involve the schools in this venture, even perhaps entering for an award. This involvement has already started as Year 12 at the High School is preparing proposals for the proposed new sensory garden at Coates Institute building.

We are also looking at the possibility of various schemes such as making display barrels available at cost to those who would like to make a roadside statement.

We hope to involve residents, businesses and organisations in this exciting venture.

If you would like to get involved please contact the Clerk to the Council, Kath Mavin at or ring 01661 825092.










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