THE group behind an effort which saw a Tynedale community pick up a gold award for their floral displays are already making plans to do the same again.

In 2019, Corbridge received a gold award in the small towns category of the Northumbria in Bloom competition. And the Corbridge in Bloom group said preparations were already under way for the competition this summer.

Elizabeth Grant, chairwoman of the group, has designed and planted alpine gardens in the troughs at Coigns Corner, with more planting planned in other parts of the village.

Anthea Stephenson, who designs the summer planting in the Market Place, has chosen ‘Landscapes of Northumberland’ as her theme for this year. She also designed, and carefully maintains, the planting at Milkwell Park. Elizabeth, who designs the planting for the rest of the village centre, has chosen a bright mixed palette theme.

And thanks to a generous gift from Corbridge Gardening Society, they have been able to plant decorative native trees behind the parish hall.

Elizabeth said: “We are proud that almost nothing is wasted at Corbridge in Bloom. When summer bedding is lifted it is all composted at the allotments, and the winter bulbs are stored for use in new places the following year. We are most grateful for and appreciative of all the help given to us in the past, and hopefully in the future.”