Yorkshire’s community gardeners took home a haul of medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Belfast last night.
Five finalists were chosen to fly the flag for the region following success in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition the previous year. A total of 76 groups from across the UK competed in 12 categories with each also vying for a gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medal.
Leeds city centre, Filey, Beverley, Spofforth and Scholes, just east of Leeds, all battled what judges have declared the toughest year on record with communities nationwide fighting to keep blooms alive.
Filey and Spofforth were awarded gold medals: Filey for its rocky shipwreck garden, pristine parks and Filey Dams nature reserve and Spofforth for its fruit and veg garden at the local school, tranquil Millennium Garden with its stunning lavender hedge and the high standard of green open spaces throughout the village.
First-time finalist Beverley earned a silver gilt in the competitive large town category with volunteer Joyce Shaw also picking up a community champion award for over forty years’ work tending its Secret Garden.
The full results for the RHS Britain in Bloom finalists representing Yorkshire are:
|Beverley||Large Town||Silver Gilt
|Filey||Coastal (under 12k)||Gold|
|Leeds||BIDs, Town & City Centres||Silver Gilt|
|Scholes||Large Village||Silver Gilt|
Finalists are judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility with the RHS judges visiting communities from the end of July after months of hot and dry weather.
Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “This year’s finalists faced the most challenging conditions the competition has ever seen with much of the country under snow and ice at the start of spring followed by the joint-hottest summer on record.
“That so many groups have walked away with top medals is remarkable and a reflection of communities’ hard work, ingenuity and horticultural know-how.”
The Yorkshire finalists collected their awards from Chris Bavin, presenter of BBC Two’s Britain in Bloom TV series and guest speaker at the awards ceremony.