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North West in Bloom Award – 2008

Last updated on December 23, 2008

 

Haslington Parish won Joint Second Runner-up in the North West in Bloom “Best Small Town” category. (The winner was “Garstang”.)

Haslington competed against small towns from the whole of the North West of England. This achievement is an excellent result and a credit to the people who look after the tubs and baskets and make our North West in Bloom entry possible.  We could not manage without them!

Councillor Alan Casey (photo right) received the award on behalf of Haslington Parish. The presentation was attended by over 500 people and took place in  Liverpool.

 

 

The award was presented by “The Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE” (photo left). The photo also shows Councillor Stephen Adshead (centre), current Mayor of Trafford who sponsored this particular trophy.

 

 

 

The following is a brief summary of the judges reports:

Section A – Floral Displays (37 points out of a possible 60)

 What in Particular Impressed the Judges:

  • The planters at the entrance to the village
  • The large number of tubs/towers
  • The large number of volunteers taking part

 Areas Suggested for Future Development/Improvement:

  • The refurbishment/re-landscaping of roadside beds
  • Gutterscroft Playing fields were very littered and the litter bins in poor condition

 

Section B – Permanent Landscaping Including Shrubs (37 points out of a possible 60)

 What in Particular Impressed the Judges:

  • The pensioners bungalows at Orchard Court were very good

Areas Suggested for Future Development/Improvement:

  • None recorded

 Section C – Local Agenda and Sustainable Development (21 points out of a possible 30)

 What in Particular Impressed the Judges:

  • The Haslington Easy Access Trail and its very good interpretation boards
  • Walker Court which was well maintained
  • Recycling of most materials

Areas Suggested for Future Development/Improvement:

  • Continue to attract more members to the group, particularily in the area of recycling and waste management

 Section D – Local Environmental Quality (24 points out of a possible 30)

What in Particular Impressed the Judges:

  • The cleanliness of the entry was very good
  • A good group of volunteers
  • The interpretation boards at Winterley Pool were very good

 Areas Suggested for Future Development/Improvement:

  • Some of the street furniture e.g. litter bins were in poor condition at several sites and need attention

Section E – Public Awareness (14 points out of a possible 20)

 What in Particular Impressed the Judges:

  • The notice boards were good and plentiful

Areas Suggested for Future Development/Improvement:

  • None recorded