30th September 2015

Two Top Garden Awards For The Manor House, Whickham

The Manor House Whickham is celebrating two garden awards again this year.

The awards were won in the Whickham in Bloom competition with a first prize Diploma for Excellence in Horticulture in the commercial premises category for the fifth year running and in the Northumbria in Bloom (Communities Growing Together) care category for the second year running.

The annual Britain in Bloom competition, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, was launched in 1964. The Northumbria in Bloom regional heat covers the whole of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

Whickham in Bloom committee chairman Rae Beckwith, who is also one of 14 national judges for the RHS said: “Since The Manor House opened a few years ago it has been an integral part of the Whickham in Bloom entry for the Northumbria in Bloom competition.

“This year Whickham village won a silver gilt award overall, as last year, and maintaining this standard is due to residents, volunteer groups and businesses getting together, doing their bit and investing in the community.

“The quality of the garden maintenance at The Manor House is a credit to the staff involved. Each year two pairs of judges make assessments at different times – one pair for the Whickham competition and the other pair for the Northumbria competition. We sometimes arrive at short notice to make our assessment and we’ve always been delighted by what we’ve seen.”

Liz Dixon, manager of The Manor House said: “We all think the garden is fabulous all year round, some of our residents enjoy helping out with planting in warm weather, and it’s great that it is independently judged to be in tip top condition.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of the Whickham village award and to have won the commercial Diploma for Excellence again. Winning another gold award in the Northumbria in Bloom competition is absolutely fantastic.”

Garden maintenance at The Manor House is carried out by Richmond Landscaping.

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