GARDENERS in Allerdale are basking in their success at this year’s Cumbria in Bloom awards.

The annual ceremony, which took place at the Tithe Barn in Carlisle saw several trophies handed out to the district in recognition of the many hours of dedication by those involved.

The purpose of Cumbria in Bloom is to engage with groups in the county, encouraging participation in a range of competitions.

Aspatria won the Best Small Town prize and was awarded a Silver Gilt for Pride in Your Community section.

Wigton are also celebrating after being awarded a silver medal for Pride in Your Community.

Chairwoman of Wigton town council, Elaine Lynch, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this silver medal.

“The town centre and parks area have looked lovely again this summer and reflect the pride we have in our community and the hard work that the Town Council staff have put into making Wigton look so nice.”

In the schools section, St Michael’s C of E Primary, in Bothel was joint winner for edible gardening and was rated outstanding in the schools gardening category.

Outstanding in the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award were Bothel in Bloom Village Hall.

Colin Cheyne, chairman of Cumbria in Bloom, said: “I’d like to thank all those who have taken part this year.

“Each of our entrants take pride of their part of county, and it’s heartwarming to see.”

More than 150 visitors attended the ceremony.