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.
In the regional awards, Maghull was celebrating after taking the top Gold Award in the large town category. This was a step up from 2011 where they received a Silver Gilt Award.
Southport and Crosby and Waterloo all received silver gilts in the respective large coastal resort and small coastal resort categories for 2012.
2012 saw the highest number of Neighbourhood entries in Sefton and these were from the following areas:
- Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom: Murat Grove, Queensway Allotments Association/Green Gym, Cheyne Close, St Luke’s Church Grounds, Sussex Street and Friends of Seafront Gardens.
- Maghull in Bloom: Maghull Station Volunteers, Deyes Lane, Central Square, Green Lane Community and Tree View Court.
- Southport in Bloom: The Youth and Community Partnership, Ainsdale Village, Birkdale Village, Hillside Train Station Helpers, Churchtown Village, Friends of Bedford Park, Friends of Rotten Row, Hesketh Park Garden Volunteers, Southport Model Engineering Club and Wesley Street Traders.
There were also entries for Melling in Bloom and Formby Parish Council.
All neighbourhood entries were awarded for their hard work at a special ceremony.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure said: “We are delighted Sefton has scooped a raft of awards in the prestigious North West In Bloom Awards.
“We are very proud of all our green and colourful surroundings across the whole of the borough and these have rightfully been recognised in the awards.
“In the Neighbourhoods entries so many groups now get involved working together to make a real difference to their local communities.
“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’s Parks and Greenspace Services and their contractors, The Landscape Group and Glendale, supported the various community groups with their North West In Bloom applications.