Northumbria In Bloom

Northumbria in Bloom began in 1964.  The region covers the area from Berwick in the North down to Cleveland in the south and west to Greenhead.

It is a community gardening competition designed to bring cheer to the country.

All of the judges are volunteers and come from a variety of horticultural backgrounds.

Northumbria in Bloom is part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.  They run an annual nationwide gardening competition that involves cities, towns and villages.

Seaton Valley Council works with each of its 5 communities to enter them into Northumbria in Bloom’s Small Town and Large Village Award Categories each year.

Northumbria In Bloom Awards 2018

The hard work of the Seaton Valley In Bloom Groups were rewarded at the annual Northumbria In Bloom presentations that took place on the 26 September.

The floral planting and well-kept parks and public spaces resulted in a number of awards for all the villages. 

Holywell Village was declared most improved entry and they also won silver gilt in the Best Large Village category with New Hartley and Seghill both winning silver. 

Seaton Sluice also scooped silver gilt in the coastal resort category.  Seaton Delaval won bronze in the Best Small Town category.

Dave Symington

In the special category awards, Dave Symington won a Community Champion Award for a ‘truly outstanding contribution’ in support of Northumbria in Bloom over several years. Dave, who has worked to support Seaton Valley in Bloom for the past 40 years, is also one of the county council’s Neighbourhood Services Team leaders.



Special Awards:


  • Milbourne Arms – Silver Gilt
  • Cheswick Gardens – Silver Gilt
  • St Mary’s Church – Silver Gilt
  • Coppergate Allotments – Silver
  • Holywell Community Orchard – Bronze

New Hartley

  • Miner’s Cottages – Silver Gilt
  • Hartley Court – Bronze

Seaton Delaval

  • Spinning Tops – Gold
  • Keel Row – Silver Guilt
  • Seaton Delaval Wild Flower Sway – Silver Gilt
  • Astley Park Bowling Green – Silver
  • Poppy Park – Bronze

Seaton Sluice

  • Beresford Court – Gold
  • Seaton Sluice Bowling Green – Silver Gilt
  • West Terrace Allotments – Silver