Yorkshire in Bloom Launch New Campaign
Yorkshire in Bloom launch new campaign
Spring is in the air and that means getting down to business for many of the communities taking part in 2017’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition.
This year there will be more opportunities than ever to get involved, as the team at Bloom HQ launch new and exciting initiatives – including a brand new marking system, new categories and for the first time in a number of years the chance to come and meet the Bloom team and see first-hand what has changed.
From small villages, urban communities, towns and cities through to business premises, schools, colleges and universities, Yorkshire in Bloom is aiming to offer something for everyone in 2017.
Brendan Mowforth, Chair of Yorkshire in Bloom, said: “There is so much changing within the campaign and this year we wanted to be able to share it with as many community groups as possible.
“Due to the economic climate, the last few years has been particularly challenging for many of our existing groups - so we wanted to make it much easier to enter and feel part of the campaign.”
New categories for 2017 include “Grow Your Community”, which is specifically aimed at fledgling groups - large or small - who want the recognition of being an award-winning community without the pressure of judging. Past entrants are also welcome to join, as the competition rewards and recognises the effort communities put in to improve their environment whilst not being too onerous.
And not to miss out there even a new category for all those allotment sites across the county, where assessors will be looking at how the site is managed and how by working together the plot holders have achieved both attractive and productive sites, well managed and cared for.
This new approach follows the success of a new category initially aimed at ‘friends’ of parks, gardens and cemeteries. Over the last three years this has risen very quickly to be one of the largest categories, and has seen many communities proudly displaying their Platinum, Gold, Silver Gilt or Silver plaques, a kitemark of quality.
Both new and returning groups can find out more at Yorkshire in Bloom’s special pop-in session, where experts will be on hand to offer guidance and advice. Brendan said: “This seminar marks the beginning of a new drive to engage with a wider range of participants and share in the success that will be at the heart of the new campaign.”
Schools representatives are welcome to pop in and see how Yorkshire in Bloom’s new “Grow your School” category can benefit youngsters. And for those urban areas in need of a little bit of encouragement to 'bloom up’, there is always the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” campaign.
The meeting will run from 10am-3pm on Saturday 11 March at the Tithe Barn in Poppleton, near York, postcode YO26 6LF and no pre-booking is required. Everyone is welcome, especially town and parish councillors and council clerks, past entrants, schools and colleges, ‘friends’ groups and prospective new groups.
If you have an interest in your environment and want to be part of ‘Yorkshire’s Growing Success’, why not come along? We are still accepting entries for 2017, Get further details from...
South and West Yorkshire Brendan Mowforth 01484661866
Jo Birch 01226774356
North and East Yorkshire Roger Burnett 07967465284
Sue Wood 07732155187