Parks, streets and gardens across Sunderland are now in full bloom as work continues to make the city more clean, green and attractive.
Sunderland City Council is carrying out work on green spaces throughout the spring months ahead of the city being put forward for some prestigious awards.
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Sunderland will once again be taking part in Northumbria In Bloom, where judges will assess the city centre on horticultural achievement as well as community participation and the overall environment.
Work is also underway on new flowerbeds being created for summer bedding across Sunderland and at the main gateways into the city.
Outside of the city centre, parks will be judged on how they are cared for and maintained in the annual Green Flag awards.
Last year the awards went to Barnes Park, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Roker Park, Mowbray Park and Herrington Country Park.
The awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their award status. Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.
Northumbria in Bloom began in 1964 as one of the founder regions of the national Britain in Bloom competition. The Northumbria region is the area from Berwick in the north to Cleveland.
In previous years, Sunderland has won Best City and its groups and volunteers are regularly awarded or receive commendations.
Going for gold at Northumbria In Bloom 2021…
Fiona Brown, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods at Sunderland City Council, said:
“Our residents have told us that they want to live in a clean green city, so we are investing in making the most of our city centre by making it a clean, green and welcoming place to be.
“Sunderland has a strong track record for Northumbria in Bloom, and for our seaside Blue Flags and Green Flags.
These awards show how this participation, enthusiasm and commitment is enjoyed and appreciated.”