Award-Winning Blooms

September 2014

Northumbria In Bloom

(L-R) Middleton Hall’s gardeners James Stark, Alan Langburn and head gardener Dean Lazenby, pick up the Northumbria in Bloom Gold Award for the fourth year running.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village is celebrating after scooping a Northumbria in Bloom Gold Award for the fourth year running.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village clinched a gold medal in the Best Kept Grounds of a Care, Residential or Convalescent Home, Day Care Centre or Hospice category in the competition, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Middleton Hall was also named overall winner of the category.

Renowned plantsman Lord Howick, owner of Howick Gardens in Northumberland, presented the awards during a ceremony at Brandling House, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, yesterday.

The retirement village is renowned for its 40 acre woodland, wetland and ponds, and natural meadowland which encourages bio-diversity and creates the ideal environment for wildlife.

Unusual species which have settled at Middleton Hall Retirement Village include the Yellow Wagtail, a migratory bird which hails from Africa, and a family of Little Owls, while the wetland area has attracted numerous species of dragon and damsel flies.

The village and its residents and staff also work hard on creating stunning displays of flowers, its manicured lawns and tending to its fruit and vegetable gardens.

“People enjoy living here because they like the gardens and space that Middleton Hall offers,” said David Richardson, the retirement village’s operations manager.

“It’s a fantastic honour to get the Northumbria In Bloom Gold Award for the fourth year running. It recognises the hard work of both the gardening team as well as the residents who want to get involved in creating a beautiful place to live.”