Northwich blooms at awards ceremony


Northwich is celebrating this week after the town received four gongs at the 2018 North West in Bloom award ceremony which took place in Southport on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November.

A Silver Gilt was awarded to the town in the Business Improvement District (BID) category, and Northwich received the same accolade in the ‘Best Large Town’ category as well.

The Grozone Community Garden was also recognised by the judges after being awarded ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section before also being given the RHS Wild About Gardens award for the project’s contribution to gardening for wildlife. 

The entries into the BID and Best Large Town categories were co-ordinated by the Northwich BID team with support from partners Northwich Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, while local businesses and the community also helped out on a range of projects.

This included planting initiatives in Vickersway Park and at St Helen’s Church, and also saw the BID committing additional investment to hanging and railing baskets throughout Northwich town centre.

A number of businesses transformed their window displays and shop frontages too to add colour and vibrancy to the high street, helping ensure the town delivered a diverse entry for the judges to explore when they visited Northwich on Monday 6th August.

Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough is delighted with the outcome from the awards ceremony.

“To receive the prestigious Silver Gilt award in two separate categories is testament to the hard work that our partners, businesses and volunteers put in to help transform Northwich,” she commented.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped Northwich bloom and it further highlights the brilliant teamwork and community spirit that exists here in the town.”

Jon Hutchinson, programme director for communities at Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, helps oversee provision at Grozone Community Garden.

Jon commented: “The work Grozone does for the community is vital. We provide opportunities for people to connect, learn and build positive relationships.

“It is fantastic that the efforts from staff and volunteers at Grozone have been recognised with such prestigious awards.”