Alnwick Town Council and Alnwick in Bloom (AiB) have been working together to ensure Alnwick’s floral displays are in tiptop condition.
The AiB team, with financial support from the Town Council, this year ordered 200 hanging baskets from Northumberland County Council.
Some were used by the council in key locations and the rest were sold to businesses around Alnwick.
Bloom volunteers tend some of the the town’s many floral displays too. These include well-known areas such as Column Field, Greenwell Lane and Pottergate Gardens. Less well-known floral areas include The Pinfold, the Sensory Garden and South Road.
This year, to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, AiB commissioned a new clock in the bus station – if you haven’t seen all of these displays yet do go and have a look!
The AiB committee also work hard to involve the town’s residents by holding events such as the School Painting Competition, sponsoring a shop window competition and escorting the Northumbria in Bloom judges during their two annual visits.
The volunteers from Alnwick in Bloom are small in number but big on ambition and hard work – they are always looking for new members, with or without gardening experience, to join them.
In other blooming news, this year saw the third Alnwick Courtyard and Patio Festival where Alnwick’s ‘secret’ gardens were opened up for four days for people to visit in July. Event organisers David Taylor and Carlo Biagioni from Alnwick Garden Town Trust were delighted to see the 20 entries and the number of visits the gardens attracted.
Pictured below are the floral displays that are blooming now and some from earlier in the year.