Congratulations to winners in annual bloom competition

I TAKE this opportunity to congratulate all the recent winners of the various categories in the North Tyneside in Bloom 2011 competition, and in particular the winners from Cullercoats ward.

I, along with Coun Shirley Mortimer, attended the award ceremony held at Gosforth Garden Centre.

The standards were extremely high.

These awards are a fantastic opportunity for residents to gain recognition for their contribution to making North Tyneside a brighter and more beautiful place for us all to enjoy.

It was such an honour to be among people who care so much about their gardens, open spaces and allotments.

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many children and youngsters at the ceremony winning categories and prizes.

Children are natural gardeners. They’re curious, like to learn by doing and love to play in the dirt.

Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life first-hand.

Gardening gives children a chance to learn an important life skill.

Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.

Cullercoats winners included first in the ‘Grow Your Own’, first in ‘Allotment Site’ and third in ‘Medium Gardens’ categories.

A special congratulation goes to the community effort for first in the ‘Place of Worship’ category, which was won by Cullercoats Methodist Church, which has a fantastic gardeners’ group who help with the church gardens.

Months of tending gardens and allotments has paid off. Well done.

COUN GEORGE C WESTWATER

Cullercoats Ward