Middleton is blooming marvellous
MIDDLETON has landed a series of prestigious North West in Bloom awards.
Months of hard work by volunteers has been recognised by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for creating a series of green oases across the town
Among the winners was the town centre, which won a silver-gilt award while the town centre’s management won a silver award.
Paula Hickey, chair of Middleton in Bloom, said: “It’s fantastic getting recognition for all of our hard work but you don’t do it for the recognition. You do it to make our amazing town a better place to live.”
The competition is the last of the season and follows on from award wins at RHS Tatton Park and from the national competition, Britain in Bloom.
RHS judges visited Middleton in July and were impressed with the stunning displays. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Southport.
Following the awards ceremony, community volunteer and Rochdale in Bloom chair, Roy Down said: “The results from this year have been absolutely fantastic.
“The awards have been made possible because of the huge commitment in volunteer hours and council staff putting in an amazing effort for the regional competition. The Northwest awards are the icing on the cake.
‘Two competitions, two judging days, within a month of each other. It is just incredible’
“This year has been unique for Rochdale in Bloom because of the North West and Britain in Bloom competitions. Two competitions, two judging days, within a month of each other. It is just incredible.”