Southport Shines

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Southport Shines

Sefton is shining after receiving special recognition at this year’s North West In Bloom awards.

The In Bloom Neighbourhood Awards were presented on October 24 while the Regional Awards took place the following day at special ceremonies held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Maghull, Southport and Crosby and Waterloo all received silver gilts in the respective best large town, large coastal category and small coastal resort categories for 2013. Melling in Bloom also scooped a bronze award in the best large village category.

At the ceremony, Southport was the overall Winner in its category and received the Southport Flower Show Trophy while Crosby Coastal Park received a special Discretionary Environmental Award (NWiB Trophy).   2013 saw the highest number of Neighbourhood entries in Sefton and these were from the following areas:   Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom: Cheyne Close, Friends of Moorside Park, Queensway Green Gym, St Luke’s Church Grounds, Sussex Street, Friends of Seafront Gardens and the Cat’s Whiskers in Seaforth.

Maghull in Bloom: Maghull Station Volunteers (they also won the Best Station Volunteers Best Railway Station award), Deyes Lane, Central Square, Green Lane Community and Tree View Court.  Southport in Bloom: Ainsdale Village, Ainsdale Village Community Garden, Barford House Holiday Apartments (they also scooped a trophy in the small accommodation category), Birkdale Village and Station, Bishop David School, Botanic Gardens Community Association, Churchtown Village and North Meols Civic Garden, Friends of Bedford Park, Friends of Meols Cop Station, Friends of Rotten Row, Hesketh Park Garden Volunteers, Southport Model Engineering Club and Wesley Street Traders.

All neighbourhood entries were awarded for their hard work at a special ceremony.   Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure said: “Yet again we are delighted Sefton has scooped a raft of awards in the prestigious North West In Bloom Awards.

“Right across the borough there are some amazing green and colourful surroundings which we are very proud of and these have rightfully been recognised in the awards.   “This year in the Neighbourhoods entries so many groups have got involved working together to make a real difference to their local communities.   “This can be clearly seen throughout Sefton and special thanks must go to all the groups involved and hopefully more and more of them will come forward next year and submit their own entries with our support.”

Sefton Council and their contractors, The Landscape Group and Glendale, supported the various community groups with their North West In Bloom applications.

A special Sefton In Bloom celebration event is also taking place in Crosby to recognise all the neighbourhood entries

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