This year saw the second running of Stanley Town Council’s “Blooming Good Fun” initiative, a competition for residents to create the most spectacular gardens, yards and planters in the Stanley area. Participation increased from the first competition last year, with twice as many entrants.
Twenty passionate green fingered members/groups of the Stanley Community submitted their gardens, yards and open spaces into the competition. All the entries were of a very high standard, sparking excitement and big debate between judges.
The Awards Night
A Fantastic evening held at the Civic Hall Stanley, with guest speaker Ann Burns ‘Northumbria in Bloom Judge’ congratulating all the entrants. The 9 placed entries received a certificates, trophies and cash prizes. The awards night was also attended by local agencies including Durham County Council’s Civic Pride Team & Stanley’s Area Action Partnership. It was a terrific evening to reward residents who help to develop a sense of community and pride across the whole of the Parish.
Sergeant Dave Clark of Durham Constabulary, speaking at the event, hailed the project a success and talked about how well kept spaces and environments contribute to a decrease in Crime.
The competition was divided into 3 categories; Gardens, Planters and Yards, and Public Spaces. The winners were:
1st place – Alastair Cartwright
2nd place – Alan Murray
3rd place – Gerald Rimington
Planters and Yards
1st place – Brenda Richards
2nd place – Kathleen Gibson
3rd place – James Crowley
1st place – Les Quigley
2nd place – Stanley Park Nursing Home
3rd place – South Moor Police station
Councillors at Tuesday’s Council meeting voted to repeat the initiative in 2016 and would like to see more entries than ever next year. If you are a gardener and would like to get involved next year, please Contact Us and we will add you to our mailing list and provide details of how to enter.