Third time gold for Myerscough college in bloom

The photographs show Linda Reiss with volunteer gardener Alan Hirst. Alan has been a valued and much loved part of the team for almost 25 years, since enrolling as a student with Myerscough College in 1990.
The photographs show Linda Reiss with volunteer gardener Alan Hirst. Alan has been a valued and much loved part of the team for almost 25 years, since enrolling as a student with Myerscough College in 1990.
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Myerscough College’s Gardens have defended their title and received another Gold Award for the third year running in the North West in Bloom competition.

The college, who also received gold in 2012 and 2013 were named as the North West’s Best Small Tourist Attraction at the recent ceremony, which also celebrated the competitions 50th anniversary.

The gardens which are located at the rear of the Plantworld centre, were established more than thirty years ago and cover an area of more than an acre. They contain twenty themed plant borders, a pond, a bog garden, a large collection of trees an ornamental kitchen garden and a tea room and garden centre.

Ann Turner, Myerscough College’s Chief Executive and Principal said: “We are extremely proud of the gardens here at Myerscough and we are pleased that the hard work of the team has been rewarded yet again.

“This award recognises not just our beautiful gardens but the wider experience in Plantworld and our inviting Garden tea rooms.

The Regional Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts who look at factors such as horticultural excellence, community involvement, environmental friendliness and sustainability.

Linda Reiss from Myerscough gardening team, said: “We are delighted that we have been recognised as a leading Tourist Attraction in the area because we work very hard in maintaining and making them an attraction that is pleasing on the eye and popular with the general public.”