"As Chair of North West in Bloom it is always uplifting and rewarding when the number of the entries in the In Bloom Campaign have increased. In the North West we now have four hundred and sixty four entries in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards, seventy- two Bloom entries and eighty six Discretionary and Category awards winners. These numbers reflect how important and prestigious these Awards have become and, it is a wonderful achievement.
I would therefore like to take this opportunity of thanking all the Community and In Bloom Groups, Societies, Local Authorities and the Business fraternity for the tremendous work they are all carrying out to improve not only their Towns, Cities, Neighbourhoods and Villages but, the North West as a whole.
The Government restrictions on public finances have affected the In Bloom Campaign in terms of funding at both local and regional level. As a Region the North West now relay far more on private sponsorship to maintain standards and, I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support. Also a special thanks to New Charter Housing and Adactus Housing for hosting two of the North West in Bloom Presentation Ceremonies which, again, this year were held at the Southport Convention Centre. The three Presentation Ceremonies this year were attended by over one thousand five hundred guests and I would like to thank the Conference Centre for their continued and professional support.
The success of North West in Bloom and Its Your Neighbourhood Awards in very much down to community involvement and again I would like to thank everyone for their continued support. I would also like to thank our National Body the Royal Horticultural Society, and a special thanks to the North West panel of Judges for working tirelessly throughout the summer months in judging and giving advice to all our entries and, for their continued support as Committee Members."