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.”

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