Yorkshire in Bloom
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

It's a Bumper Crop of Awards for Yorkshire's Bloomin' Great Gardeners






Communities growing together

Yorkshire in Bloom - part of the
 Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign
It’s a bumper crop of awards for Yorkshire’s bloomin’ great gardeners
Green-fingered gardeners from across the region are celebrating their success as the 2011 Yorkshire in Bloom results are announced.
Communities from across the county came together at a prestigious annual Awards ceremony, held at The Pavilions in Harrogate on Tuesday 20th September, to find out how their horticultural and environmental efforts had been judged in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom campaign.
The results produced a bumper crop of Awards for the 261 entrants which took part in the regional 'in Bloom' - part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Britain in Bloom campaign - with 15 Gold, 41 Silver Gilt, 23 Silver and 2 Bronze Awards being given out. There were also many special and discretionary awards for businesses, hotels, pubs and visitor attractions, as well as young people’s awards.
Taking the top prizes in the 2011 campaign are: Mill Bank for the small village category, joint winners Redbourne and Spofforth for the village category, Hutton Cranswick for large village, Starbeck for urban community, Addingham for small town, Knaresborough for town, Ripon for large town, Harrogate for large town/small city, Leeds for city, Filey for small coastal resort and Scarborough for large coastal resort.
Commenting on the 2011 in Bloom campaign, Roger Burnett, Chair of the National RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Panel and Executive Member of Yorkshire in Bloom, said: "2011 has been a very challenging year for in Bloom groups up and down the country. The current economic climate, together with an extremely hard winter, followed by an incredibly dry spring, has meant many groups have had to re-think the work they do. However, the Yorkshire region has proved itself more than capable of rising to these challenges and we have seen some very beautiful displays with a greater emphasis on sustainable planting.”
Roger explained that cultivating young gardeners is the key to the campaign’s future success: “The greatest trend that seems to be coming through loud and clear across the region, and indeed the country, is the encouragement of children to become more involved in their environment, from litter picks to after school gardening clubs, this tidal wave of youngsters is the real star of 2011. We should all celebrate what we have achieved and congratulate ourselves on another superb bloom year but most of all we must continue to cultivate this new generation of younger gardeners and remember from small seeds mighty plants can grow."
Over 261entrants participated in the whole of the 2011 Yorkshire in Bloom campaign (an increase on the 253 taking part in the 2010 campaign), including 38 schools, three universities, and 44 entrants who took part in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ RHS initiative.
Judging criteria for the in Bloom competition are: horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.
Executive Members of Yorkshire in Bloom will shortly be approaching those entrants who have done well in their respective categories to see if they are prepared to represent Yorkshire in the national RHS Britain in Bloom finals in 2012.
Entrants from Yorkshire taking part in the 2011 RHS Britain in Bloom campaign are: Shadwell in the large village category, Ilkley in the town category, York in the large city category, Whitby in the small coastal category, Dunnington in the small town category, Luddenden in the small village category and Woodlesford in the urban community category.
The results of the 2011 national campaign will be announced on September 25th at the ceremony to be held in St Andrews in Scotland.







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