Northampton in Britain in Bloom final

Northampton is a finalist in the Britain in Bloom competition after a strong performance in the East Midlands heats.

Judges will return to the town in the first two weeks of August when Northampton’s floral displays will be judged against Norwich, Reading, Aberdeen and Belfast in this year’s competition.

Northampton is in the City category and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony in Belfast on October 19.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Our entry into this year’s national competition is a credit to all the hard work of those who took part in last year’s Northampton in Bloom and East Midlands in Bloom.

“We have some very talented, dedicated and inventive gardeners across our town and I’m so proud of their achievement.

“Work is already under way on this year’s entry and I’m really looking forward to seeing what people come up with for this year.”

Judges will visit during the first two weeks of August. Darren Share, chair of the Britain in Bloom judging panel, said: “The Britain in Bloom campaign galvanises communities and provides the driving force for thousands of gardening enthusiasts across the country.

“Britain in Bloom groups work tirelessly throughout the year to tackle local issues and improve the place they call home.

“Everyone benefits from the work these groups carry out and I have seen first-hand the positive impact Britain in Bloom has had in bringing communities together.”

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s competition should contact Sue Ousley at sousley@northampton.gov.uk or on 01604 837357.

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