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City In Bloom Winner!

by Group Office on 6 October, 2022

Durham City, supported by Durham County Council, won gold in the Small City category at this year’s prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom competition. Judges visited Durham in the summer and were particularly impressed by the floral displays on its busy roundabouts.

The city has been a long-standing supporter of the In Bloom competitions for over 30 years. Durham City has won either the Best Large Town or Best Small City trophy for 18 of the last 23 years. In recent years, the whole county has developed its community involvement work in relation to the awards in order to build on its success.

Overall, judges gave Durham City gold in the horticulture, environment and community categories.

Seaham Town Park and Wharton Park were both awarded gold in the Best Park section.

Lib Dem Cllr Carole Lattin. Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council’s Environment Committee, said: “Well done to everyone who has been involved in winning awards for our city at this year’s competition. The success is thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, who are committed to keeping our area looking so colourful and tidy.

“It’s great to see people taking so much pride in our city.”

Northumbria in Bloom was set up as one of the founder regions of the national Britain in Bloom competition in 1964. The awards recognise, encourage and reward community groups who work together to transform their village, town or city through gardening, environmental awareness and community support.

For more information on Northumbria in Bloom go to

More details about Durham in Bloom are at

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