14 January 2009

Centre’s a flower power winner

WELLINGTON Square Shopping Centre in Stockton has been praised for helping to create a better environment in the town centre.

The centre received the Care For Your Area Community Award from Stockton Council for the second time in recognition of its floral displays and for forming links with local schools to create artwork for Northumbria in Bloom.

The hard work and dedication of centre staff ensured Wellington Square’s victory in the business category of the annual awards, said centre manager Rob Gildersleeve.

He said: “We have been working for three years now to create ways to display artwork produced in aid of Northumbria in Bloom by children from the schools in the borough. We have used them on hoardings and banners and they have been amazingly colourful. We have been highly commended by the judges in Northumbria in Bloom this year, and won a Silver Gilt award.”
He added: “As a responsible business, we feel that we have to lead the way. We have worked with Stockton Council to create greenery in the malls, as well as a very unusual sculpture as a planter for a variety of flowers.

“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, which often goes unnoticed by the public. The operations manager, Colin Smith, and the rest of his team should be very proud.”

Mr Gildersleeve was handed the honour by Mayor of Stockton John Fletcher at a ceremony in the Swallow Hotel.

The Care For Your Area awards are designed to reward the unsung heroes of the town for their contribution to making Stockton a better place for residents and visitors.

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