Yorkshire in Bloom
Tuesday 21st November 2017

RHS Britain in Bloom National Awards

National recognition for Yorkshire's finest
The finest in Yorkshire's communities have been recognised in the national Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Britain in Bloom Awards for 2013.
Britain in Bloom, organised by the RHS, is one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns. More than 1,100 cities, towns and villages across the UK participate each year to show off their achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement

Six communities were chosen from the Yorkshire in Bloom campaign to represent their region on a national level. 

The results are:

Barwick-in-Elmet won Gold in the Large Village category; Garforth won Silver Gilt in the Town category;     Hunmanby won Silver Gilt in the Small Town category; Luddenden won Silver Gilt in the Village category;     Ripon was awarded Silver in the Large Town category; and Starbeck (Harrogate) was awarded Silver Gilt in the Urban Community category.

It wasn't only community groups that were rewarded for their dedication to the in Bloom campaign, as Discretionary Awards were presented by the RHS Britain in Bloom Judging Panel to recognise excellence in particular areas.
Maurice Baren, from Yorkshire in Bloom was presented with the RHS Britain in Bloom Outstanding Contribution Award, which is presented to an individual that judges consider to have made outstanding efforts towards the success and promotion of Britain in Bloom.
Award winner Maurice Baren said: "I am very pleased indeed to receive this accolade. It reflects the culmination of 40 years of my involvement with the 'In Bloom' campaign, including 14 years as Chair of Yorkshire in Bloom. It was whilst I was Chair of Yorkshire in Bloom, that I started to get involved at a national level with the Britain in Bloom initiative, and helped it to grow and develop into the campaign we know now. I have been honoured to be a regional judge, a national judge and also an international judge, through Entente Florale, where I judged in 11 different countries, as well as a judge for Communities in Bloom, which covers Canada and the USA.

Maurice continued: The in Bloom campaign has grown in all kinds of ways. It started out very much a floral competition in the early days, and now it is an environmental, horticultural and community participation campaign and increasingly includes our country's heritage.It is these elements that make In Bloom an extremely valuable, all round embracing campaign to be proud of.

In addition, RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Awards were presented to John Tinker from Barwick in Elmet in Bloom, and Brenda Anderson from Ripon in Bloom. Describing these Awards, Chair of Yorkshire in Bloom, Brendan Mowforth said: We are proud that Maurice Baren, our former Chair, and Executive member, of Yorkshire in Bloom, who has been involved with the in Bloom campaign for nearly 40 years was recognised in this way by the RHS.

Maurice, John and Brenda and all of the communities entering Britain in Bloom, really do fly the flag for Yorkshire with all of the work they do in enhancing their communities.

The full set of results for the national Britain in Bloom campaign can be viewed at: www. rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Community-gardening/pdf/rhs-britain-in-bloom-uk-finals-full-results-2013.

Photo shows left to right: Maurice Baren receiving his Award from Bob Flowerdew.



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