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					                        Yorkshire in Bloom
                                        2011
                                  Judges Comments

                                      Categories 1 - 5

Category 1A: Small Village

Bradfield   Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

A busy welcome for the judges saw the Dungworth School children setting out to make up to 20
bird boxes with the Sheffield Trust group showing how. A good photo display of the work to date
was set up showing many of the attributes of the village and the group‟s activities giving all a
chance to discuss progress. The group had taken time to address the Spring judging remarks and
show where action may be taken to try and resolve a few issues.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Both areas of the village, High and Low Bradfield, had a very colourful display of various tubs,
hanging baskets, planters and tractor tyres that were maintained to a very high standard
throughout.
The Ibbotsons field open space was very clean and tidy and is the main area in the village for use
by all as a local facility. The Old Horns Public house and the old Post Office gardens and the
Parish Council gardens were a magnificent display which highlights the area very well and shows
commitment form people within the community.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to beef up the banking planting to the rear of the Village Hall with a mix of perennial
and seasonal plantings until well established. The log bank idea in front of the toilet block will be
a project that will enhance this dark area and consider a fernery as a possible planting scheme.
The church yard has potential as a combination of open space and wildflower areas that could
be projects undertaken by the schools and the group working with the sheep grazing practice
which keeps the area very tidy.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The trespass bridge project has worked in well with the area and now looks to be maturing and
blending in as a natural resourced feature. The orchard is developing well despite the poor spring
weather and should become very fruitful in the seasons to come. Both areas of the village are well
maintained, clean and tidy, litter and graffiti free despite the very busy use of the area around the
bowls club and village hall.
Areas for Improvement

There possibly needs to be some form of control by either the Parish Council or the group to the
duck area adjacent to the beck. This is a very heavily used area which is causing a deterioration of
the site in what should be a local beauty spot for the village. The concern over the bees in the
orchard could make this a no go area for long periods and a possible solution would be to
investigate a wattle fencing around the hives until the hedge establishes. Now the orchard is
establishing an interpretation sign may be required to highlight the area and explain the reasoning
behind the project for visitors and locals alike and may be similar to the new signs planned for the
Walk & Trails scheme.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The group has identified their determination to continue to provide a support for the community by
the ongoing projects, involvement with the schools and Community Assembly. Fund raising from
the Farmers Markets is a local way of showing their intentions and can be a good way of
highlighting their existence. Good press coverage has been identified from the spring comments
and this should help locals be aware of the good work undertaken by the group.

Areas for Improvement

The Agden beck area around the Trespass Bridge could be developed as a natural habitat area
and a possible project for school children. The new Schoolroom Restaurant may be a potential as
a support for the group in some way and links developed with the business. With the present
climate of cutbacks and funding shortages envisaged for the next few years long term planning
needs to considered by the group to ensure a continued existence



Clayton        Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver     Summer Medal Position - ilver

Introduction

Clayton with Frickley is a small beautiful village in the heart of South Yorkshire. The village marker
stones and floral features greet you as you enter the village. The centre is dominated by the village
green, War memorial and village pond all maintained by the village residents. The village has a
number of working farms and a small village shop together with numerous cottage gardens and
10th century church. We were impressed by the local village pride and determination of the parish
council to involve the community in making the village a better place to live. A good summer entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The work done to develop and establish the Villages Millennium Green. We were impressed by all
aspects of the community in caring for the village. The quality of the numerous cottage gardens
which were in full bloom during our visit. The Floral containers around the new village hall and the
quality of the plant material used throughout the village displays
Areas for Improvement

We would recommend that the village consider using small planting boxes under the village road
signage this would give a better planting area cut down weeding and help to produce quality
plants. It may be possible to get these made locally in the village as a future project. We would
like to see more sustainable planting material used throughout the village displays

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

We were impressed with the local environmental quality around the village; we did not see any
litter or dog fouling within the village during our visit which was also the collection day of recycling
bins.
The natural wildlife aspects of the Millennium Green and the management of the wildflower areas
and bog garden.

Areas for Improvement

We would suggest that a future project may be the restoration of the Church perimeter estate style
fencing to secure the field boundary of the site. This would enhance the quality maintenance of the
church yard. The millennium Green would benefit from a small interpretation board outlining the
features within the green and brief details of how the village built and developed the area.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Everyone in the village are doing their bit and taking ownership of the public areas. The many
historic features planters and village pump. The events and fund raising carried out within the
village.

Areas for Improvement

More communications of the in bloom competition. There is great potential to improve the planting
around the war memorial to introduce sustainable planting and more seasonal colour.



Esholt     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt     Summer Medal Position - Silver Gilt

Introduction

The village was very busy on the day of our visit, highlighting things such as parking. The main
attraction is the educational farm that attracts some 80,000 visitors per year. The farm is an
excellent resource providing conservation, education and employment. The village is also rightly
proud of its two good sized allotment sites, both of which are being well worked. The village has a
natural beauty and the residents work hard in order to maintain their own patch which provides a
pleasant environment.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The play area and grass area along with the recently cleared banks are well maintained. They
provide a central feature to the village and are now equipped with more traditional seating.
The bedding displays at the farm provide an attractive entrance to both the farm and the village.
Many of the cottages have limited garden space but make good use of planters, pots and hanging
baskets. Progress is being made on sorting out the verges on the works road that were damaged
by contractors.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to improve the small areas such as the play ground bank that has been recently done.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The farm and its conservation policy have a big impact on the area. Extensive new hedge planting
has been completed with mixed species been used to increase diversity for wildlife. Wall repairs in
the village.

Areas for Improvement

Remember to point out the environmental aspects of the woodland and river bank. This would
benefit the entry within the environmental area.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The village was well advised of in bloom and our visit by children‟s posters being displayed.
There seems to be a good level of involvement from children with their own garden area to people
helping elderly people with garden areas. The public House is involved and supportive of In
Bloom.

Areas for Improvement

There is a lot going on and pointing out the activities and groups involved will be of benefit to the
entry.



Ledston     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver Gilt

Introduction

The colour created by roadside tubs and the well manicured verges catch the eye as soon as you
enter this village. Every area is so well maintained. The area by the stream is improving all the
time as is the other entrance to the village where planting is ongoing. It is amazing how all this is
achieved by such a small band of volunteers.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The vibrant colours of planting against the green of the verges.       The red geraniums are of
exceptional quality and cultivation. Flower bed at Hall lane junction and round Pump were very
good. All residential gardens were of a very high standard - Manor Park gardens and Old Stable
House to be praised. Good to see the pub is starting to care - maybe even bigger baskets next
year! The wild verge is improving and the photos of the bluebells in the spring looked good.
Verges immaculate and standard of spring judging continued

Areas for Improvement

Hopefully the council will carryout repair work needed for entrance verge edge. Could the right-
hand side verge be your next project? Maybe half cut it? Could the Hall form part of your
business entry?

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The long verges up to the Hall provide good wildlife habitats and are in keeping with the rural
aspects.
Good mulching. Seats and tubs very well kept. The issue of the standard of Management of
gardens of let estate cottages has been addressed - well done!

Areas for Improvement

Litter free entry except for a small amount in entrance wild verge. Evidence of Recycling etc
needs to be shown

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Good to see photographic evidence of all year round achievements. Children‟s posters
everywhere and good to meet a few residents -they confirm that the In Bloom group is appreciated
and important in this small sleepy village. Amazing that two men can do so much - well done!

Areas for Improvement

Once school is able to be part of the judging after their building work is finished that will strengthen
this section of marking. Use the photos to send a small portfolio to next years judges in the spring



Mill Bank      Gold Rose Award        Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold        Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

A small village in Calderdale, once an industrial village with 5 mills, now a conservation area with a
school and residential premises only. There are no remaining commercial premises.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Fruit garden - and attached allotment which has been adopted by some villagers. The School
gardening club. Start of the wild meadow, and the children‟s horticultural experiments. Attitude and
values have a positive affect throughout the school, created by the In Bloom group and teaching
staff.

Areas for Improvement

Look to develop a relationship with Pennine Housing with view to enhancing grass areas around
estate next to school.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The improved bin areas at Bank Terrace, a result of team work between various groups and the
landlord. Excellent co-operation. Continued maintenance of Graveyard including the transcription
of all grave stones now completed. Clearing of all snickets of weeds and moss, by hand.

Areas for Improvement

Look at improving wild flower garden in school to get it well established, and perhaps develop one
in a sunnier area to increase species.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

In bloom group seems an integral part of fabric of the village. Year round involvement and
schedule of events. Gardening club at school weekly commitment in term time

Areas for Improvement

Meet and develop relationship with Pennine Housing.



Muston in Bloom      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The in bloom committee continue to look after their rural hamlet in a very well balanced and
sympathetic way. The floral displays, along with some of the newly planted permanent areas, are
to be commended. The residential gardens, seen during the tour, where to an exceptionally high
standard and all involved should be very proud of their efforts as they greatly contribute to
Muston's charm. It was good to see the final arrangements for the annual scarecrow week were
well advanced and we hope this annual fundraiser is as successful as previous years. The church
was also a hive of activity, especially with its contribution to the country life theme.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Some excellent summer bedding and permanent planting displays. Some very well maintained
residential gardens. The standard of maintenance at the churchyard.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to seek additional support from the business sector (which we agree is limited - however
sponsorship from other areas could be considered).

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The wildlife area around the pond (including nesting water hens). The two village water pumps,
each with a floral barrel. Clear absence of litter and debris. The provision of dog fouling bags in
key locations. The overall standard of street furniture.

Areas for Improvement

Consider introducing interpretation within key areas of these criteria. Consider a trials plot or
raised planter to engage young people in the creation of an organic planting area for the provision
of produce.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The creative projects as seen during the spring and summer judging. The involvement of young
people, especially with the plaques outside the village hall. Community participation is second to
none.
The all year round involvement is to be highly commended. The annual scarecrow fundraising
competition.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to identify key initiatives for young people (it is appreciated that this is not easy due the
fact the village does not have a school).



Wold Newton       Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

This small village and community show enthusiasm for improving their surroundings. It was good
to meet some of the children of the Wold Newton Foundation School, who were very keen to show
us vegetable growing areas and the wildlife areas. The plans for the village green and pond will
improve the visual amenities of the centre of the village. There is obviously a lot of enthusiasm
from residents for the improvement of the environment of this village.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The floral containers on and around the Anvil Arms pub in the centre of the village were very good.
The Flower Festival in the ancient church had been a great success. The village green and the
grass verges throughout the village were well maintained by both private individuals and
contractors. The churchyard was well maintained. Some lovely private gardens.

Areas for Improvement

Ensure that any new plantings are appropriate to the specific area. Colourful bedding on the
village green could be better displayed within housing areas. Continue with the replacement of the
shrubs, which were lost in the hard winter, and utilise recognised hardy shrubs for foliage and
floral effect.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The village green and pond is a special asset for the village and is generally appropriately
maintained. The proposals to enhance it further are to be commended, with the removal of the
copse/shrubbery and relocating a similar feature further from the pond.

Areas for Improvement

Some areas within the school grounds require attention. The soil within some of the raised beds
was of a very low fertility and the vegetables were not thriving, not a good example for the
youngsters. Suggest the addition of quantities of organic matter ready for next season.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The Wold Newton Foundation School promotes environmental awareness in its many forms within
the school grounds and is received with obvious enthusiasm by the youngsters. For a village of
this size there appears to be a lot going on with events at various times of the year, village show,
Potato in a Bucket competition, and Flower festival which raised £2000 for the church. .The
message in the newsletter from one of the youngest members of the Bloom team, Oliver, who
describes how „I like helping to keep the flowers pretty in my village…planted lots of flowers and
now they look nice… its fun!‟

Areas for Improvement

There are obviously some attractive hidden gardens in the village and perhaps consideration might
be given to having „open gardens‟ to raise funds and promote the „bloom‟ effort.
Category 1B: Village

Ecclesfield Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

The enthusiastic In Bloom Group continues to make a difference within the Conservation area and
has clearly taken on board the judges comments following the spring judging. With more “hands
on” help to implement identified improvement projects and with more floral displays on business
premises, this relatively new entrant will continue to rapidly improve.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The quality and range of the Summer flowering displays on the Church Green, in the churchyard,
Priory Garden and in the plant containers at various locations within the Conservation area.
Residential gardens on Priory Road, the basket and wall rack displays at The Stocks Public House
and the sustainable new planting undertaken on the Sheffield Homes flats frontage on High Street.
The wild flower area and new seats within the newly created open space at Ladycroft Meadow and
the efforts to retain a good standard of maintenance in the extensive churchyard.

Areas for Improvement

The provision of self-watering hanging baskets on the lampposts throughout the Conservation
area would considerably enhance this entry. Continue to develop the area adjacent to the
churchyard on Church Street to make use of the whole area. Continue to encourage more
businesses to provide permanent and /or seasonal floral displays on or adjacent their premises. A
number of prominent areas adjacent to the highway appeared to be overgrown and requiring more
attention. Continue to introduce more perennial planting and, whilst recognising the current
financial difficulties, liaise with the local authority regarding the frequency of grass cutting.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Brownies Wildlife area in the churchyard. The whole Conservation area was once again
generally clean and tidy with little evidence of litter, graffiti and dog fouling. The wild flower area
and new seats within the newly created open space at Ladycroft Meadow and the efforts to retain
a good standard of maintenance in the extensive churchyard and the steep grass bank on Town
End Road.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to expand, develop and manage the wildlife area in the churchyard to add further interest
and ease the burden of grass cutting on this difficult site. Encourage garden composting and
collection of rainwater and seek community-recycling facilities within the Conservation area.
Continue with the works to enhance the historic and prominent gravestones. The provision of an
interpretation board to include a map of the conservation area and local historical information
would be a valuable addition for visitors and local people.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Continuing all-year-round planning and involvement by the In Bloom Group, as evidenced in the
portfolio. Good support for the competition by local groups, schoolchildren and individuals Good
generation of awareness through the In Bloom website, newsletter, press articles, cards and
house posters. Increased support from business sponsors and year round fundraising activities by
the In Bloom Group including plant stalls, coffee mornings and the very successful expanding
range of Ecclesfield in Bloom postcards.

Areas for Improvement

Formalise the presentation to judges and provide a visual display on achievements and proposals.
Encourage new members by visually promoting the work of the In Bloom Group through displays
at church coffee mornings and the wearing of In Bloom bibs when working outside. Continue the
close contact with supporting organisations and local businesses in terms of practical support and
sponsorship.



Grassington Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position - Silver Gilt

Introduction

Grassington is very popular with visitors, and is set on a hillside. It has many small individual
shops and small streets and alley-ways which provide attractive vistas as one walks around. In
spite of the many visitors, it was in a clean and tidy condition.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

A good number of shops and the pubs had supported the entry with hanging baskets and tubs.
Private gardens are mainly very good, especially the older people's housing on Wharfe View. A
competition to design a mini garden in a wheelbarrow has been well supported. Planting around
the parking area in the centre was very appropriately done

Areas for Improvement

Could some extra embellishment be added to the National Park car park?

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

A lot of effort as been put into trying to improve the wildflower area. It was noted that the Electricity
Board had tidied up the area around their sub-station - thank you. Cleanliness was very good
Areas for Improvement

Try and improve the colour range in the wildflower garden - perhaps incorporate some cornflower
and some yellow flowers.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The wheelbarrow mini-garden competition had involved a good number of people, as well as
enhancing the appearance of the streets. The 'bloomers' hold monthly meetings and these are well
attended.

Areas for Improvement

Perhaps hold a poster competition to further advertise the campaign, either involving children, or
the whole community.



Kirkby Malzeard Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Once again we received an extremely warm welcome from the Kirby Malzeard Group who was
proud to show us their village. The already immaculate Highside playing field is now complimented
by a superb new pavilion. The school has a new entrance path and the tree planting is a real
enhancement. It is a pleasure to walk around the village and see all the beautifully kept gardens,
evidence of pride and commitment from the whole community.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The commitment, input and pride of ownership shown by the whole community. All the front
gardens were beautiful and some were absolutely superb. The grass verges and immaculate
playing field.

Areas for Improvement

Hopefully the Rose Garden renovations will take place. Proceed with ideas for the West End
Triangular Garden and permanent planting. Do continue with investigation into the allotment
project.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The overall appearance of the village was of a very high standard - absence of litter, graffiti and
dog fouling. Everything was immaculate. The 'In Bloom' initiative in taking ownership of the vacant
'Henry Jenkins' frontage and Pam‟s commitment in maintaining the floral displays. Congratulations
to Ian who has compiled a history of the village and given heritage talks to the children in the
village school.

Areas for Improvement

Extra seats/benches would help with the improvements in the Rose Garden. Have you given any
more thought to a plaque and Heritage Trail?

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Lots of children's posters promoting Yorkshire in Bloom. Good efforts at publicity. The commitment
of the whole community to the success of 'Kirby Malzeard in Bloom'.

Areas for Improvement

Ideas needed to improve funding. Produce calendar listing the 'In Bloom' events throughout the
year. It would be advantageous to send the summer information brochure before the judging day.



Newmillerdam (Wakefield)       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Good to be welcomed back to Newmillerdam for its summer judging by its friendly positive and well
organised „in Bloom 'group who all give the impression they enjoyed the experience. The group
are making the most of what they have got. Not easy to introduce flower beds due to limited space
however they do have lots of woodland areas around the dam where wildflower areas, bulb
planting and suitable shrubs could be planted especially in the car park areas. A lot has gone on
since spring and the group should be proud of what they have achieved so far. Lots of hard work
has gone into this entry which has a lot of potential for the future.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

New Chinese stone planter. 13 hanging baskets all sponsored. Planting around Dam Inn and
Sowtail Well. Good use of colour design and sustainable planting Attractive front residential
gardens which could be seen from the main road. Good roadside planting on difficult sites.

Areas for Improvement

Possible allotment site as discussed on route. New entrance signs to village. Car park rear of
Sowtail Well would benefit from fringe planting of woodland plants. Encourage other businesses
to get on board and put out floral displays. Develop planting around West Lodge if bid to open it is
successful.
Keep route to where gardens can be seen from road. Some very good gardens in Newmillerdam.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Development of damp area on village green. Diverse support for the natural heritage of area.
Improvement and monitoring of water courses to benefit wildlife and care of the dam. Very clean
and tidy entry. Improvements carried out to street furniture and wood carvings on village green.
Very environmentally involved group sensitive to area.

Areas for Improvement

Addition of wildflowers to damp area on village green. (Check pH) Tackle dog fouling on village
green, signs, leaflets, education. Information and educational boards regarding habitats on village
green. Good educational resource. Develop woodland car park, shrubs, bulbs wild flowers.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Much achieved by this hard working and enthusiastic group representing the different factions of
the community. The group have a good on going agenda. Promoting and involving the community
as a whole. Good schedule of events and initiatives which help raise funds for the in bloom
scheme which has been a success in Newmillerdam

Areas for Improvement

Keep on going records of all Bloom activities. Develop routes for future years keeping an eye on
time. Make portfolio available to future judges prior to judging. Front gardens only unless judges
can see over walls. Develop, drive and walk the route. However this group has been a pleasure
to work with and both judges will visit area again in their own time. Well done



Redbourne      Gold Rose Award        Joint Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

At all of the road entries into the village there were quality floral displays providing colour and
interest. The displays were complimented by planting boxes at side road junctions which were
designed to fit under the decorative street signage. A wide range of sustainable planting projects
have been carried out by the dedicated villagers around the village since our Spring visit, these
included a new rock garden feature, mixed ornamental grass border and new agricultural
monument display. The enthusiasm of the village residents and the work carried out to improve
the floral and landscape feature in the village has to be commended.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The introduction of sustainable planting within the floral displays through out the village to reduce
the summer bedding will provide long term benefits. The quality of plant material and designs
were will researched and of the highest standard. The choice of plant types and colours were
coordinated throughout the village displays. The involvement of all age groups within the village to
do there bit.

Areas for Improvement

It may be necessary to gap up some of the ornamental grasses during autumn to get a more
dense bed cover. Introduce mulching to cut down weeding and water loss for the future. Consider
the use of more herbaceous planting to add sustainability and reduce future annual bedding costs

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

We were impressed by the villagers taking over the maintenance of the church yard and the
installation of bird boxes and the bug hotel installed to encourage wildlife. The increase in
compost bins within the village for grass cuttings and cut flower waste from the church yard. We
were impressed by the cleanliness of a farming village, lack of litter and the villagers willing to take
on the maintenance for railings and fences throughout the village. The restoration of the metal
gates to the church yard of particular note.

Areas for Improvement

We noted some winter tree damage in the church yard and the need to shape up trees which have
been cut back under power cables (Carr Lane) There is a need to reduce burning pruning in the
churchyard to avoid damage to mature trees. It would be better to chip and shred all pruning by
hiring in a shredder and composting the material which could then be a ready supply of mulch for
the future.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The use of newsletters is very effective in small village communities to get the in bloom message
out to the community. The wide range of events and fund raising carried out to fund future
improvement projects. The help in kind from local farms and business people within the village

Areas for Improvement

We would like to see the restoration of the metal railings to enclose the churchyard and replace
the inappropriate wooden fencing in the conservation area. This would finish off the work to the
church yard and fit into the historic features of the village. We look forward to seeing the plans for
a children‟s garden and village allotment site being developed in future



Spofforth    Gold Rose Award       Joint Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold     Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

When arriving into Spofforth over the bridge from the north, the overcast sky did not distract from
the floral welcome, and the attractive front and rear facades of The Castle public house ahead. A
friendly greeting from „in bloom‟ members, added to a detailed brochure and a well thought-out
itinerary. Several stops along the route gave the judges an opportunity to meet and talk to many
members of the community. Note had been taken of the Spring comments, in particular the
opportunity to see more residential gardens. The children from the CofE Primary School‟s
Gardening Club were most enthusiastic and knowledgeable – making the first stop worthwhile.
The Ginny Green Holes Environment Project seemed even more developed than in the Spring.
Torrential rain during the tour, though unfortunate, did not prevent the judges from appreciating the
hard work put in by all concerned, and meeting the Local Authority Recycling Officer. Laminated
YIB posters were on lampposts and covered an adopted telephone box. Tubs along the route were
well grouped and most colourful – reflecting the purple, pink, red and white colour scheme. All
volunteers who met the judges afterwards in the Village Hall are to be congratulated.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

A very good choice of Summer colours – purple, pink, red and white. Tubs grouped to a good
effect. Again, well cut grass areas.

Areas for Improvement

There is room for more involvement from businesses.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Development of the Ginny Green Holes Environment Project is clearly evident – the whole project
being beneficial for all the community. There was an impression of cleanliness and orderliness
throughout.
A visit to the recycling site and meeting the Local Authority Recycling Officer underlined
Spofforth‟s commitment to the environment.

Areas for Improvement

Further planting of bulbs in the autumn will certainly enhance any further presentation.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There is much evidence of an enthusiastic community involvement. It was much appreciated to
meet so many of Spofforth‟s volunteers.

Areas for Improvement

There being so much to show judges, it left little time to discuss any future projects.
Upper Hopton      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position - Silver Gilt

Introduction

It was a pleasure to meet many of the Upper Hopton team for our return visit in summer. Once
again we were impressed with the enthusiasm and the range of skills and talents the members
bring to their village, as well as with their vision and planning for the future. The annual garden trail
held the previous weekend saw the number of gardens increased to twenty, which is
commendable. Upper Hopton is a vibrant community and a worthy entry in our competition.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

A bold choice of colour scheme of oranges and yellows complemented the local stonework.
The residential gardens are delightful; Tricia Bland‟s garden in Nippin Row is a great source of
inspiration for those with a small garden. The work done by Richard Auty in planting and looking
after the bedding on Hopton Drive and Avenue is to be commended.             The borders of the
recreation grounds have become established and enhance the area for those walking by.

Areas for Improvement

We felt the impatiens lining the church path did not have the impact made by bulbs in the spring;
perhaps verbena, antirrhinums or marigolds would give a bolder display. We welcome the
adaptation of the telephone box to display plants. Could the area alongside it be used for
sustainable plantings over the longer term? The development of the Car Park at Croft House is
still ongoing. The new lamps surrounded by stone walling are a good start and further planting
would prove an attractive addition. We welcome the idea of new allotment site. This will further
enhance community cohesion and it will become a good addition to the area.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Team member Lynn Stag participated in the national wildflower project to monitor the rise or
decline of various species. Well done. An impressive large map identifying wildlife areas and
places of interest in the village was displayed in Croft House. A payback team had successfully
tackled the brambles in the churchyard. The village was clear of litter.

Areas for Improvement

While some of the tubs and seating was well maintained, others would benefit from additional
staining. There was evidence of water butts used in a residential garden, and this could be
extended to the churchyard and some other communal areas.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There are social and fundraising events held throughout the year which are publicised on the
website and in newsletters. It was pleasing to hear of a better working relationship being built up
with the cricket club. Funding is sought from many public and private sources, which bodes well
for the longer term. It was pleasing to see the keen interest shown in growing sweet peas and
other plants by the playgroup at Croft House.

Areas for Improvement

The high standard of communication and the participation of people of all ages within the
community should be maintained. When the pub landlord recovers from illness, try to engage with
him to further develop interest. Continue to work with the cricket club to further improve beds in
and around the ground.



Wawne      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Wawne is a small rural farming village that gives the visitor a friendly and inviting welcome. Special
thanks must go to Diane who provided the Horse and carriage which was used as transport for the
judge‟s visit. The judges would like to comment that the village has progressed positively since the
spring judging and the 'In Bloom' group have worked well to improve public areas whilst
encouraging local residents to improve there gardens. Wawne is a good entry to the In Bloom
Campaign and continue to go from strength to strength.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

On entering the Village it was noted that the number of floral/features especially the number of
farm related implements was very impressive, and the residential gardens were very tidy and well
maintained especially Byre and Glebe Cottages. The permanent displays on the corner of Church
Road add character and generate interest and the judges especially liked the use of lavenders,
Euphorbia and Heucheras which gave the beds structure and colour. The displays created by the
Post Office and the Convenience Store are a welcome contribution and a special mention must go
to the Waggoner‟s Pub who's seasonal displays were impressive.


Areas for Improvement

It was a shame that the Versailles tubs next to the new bench on Sutton Road were not in place,
but the judges fully understand the amount of time that projects like this can take, and feel that
when they are installed, they will enhance the area significantly. The judges felt that the spraying
carried out by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council was a little excessive in places, particularly on
the public verges. It may be worth speaking with the local Neighbourhood / Grounds Maintenance
Manager to see if any improvements could be made in the future.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The cut flower border in the Churchyard deserves another mention as it is now in full colour. The
judges felt that this feature made a great contribution to achieving environmental responsibility, as
the flowers grown there are used to decorate the church. They are then composted after use. The
judges felt that this concept helps to reduce the number of bought flowers thus reducing air miles
and the need to import. The wild flower bed was still looking good, and group seemed to have got
it under control. The judges felt that the Primary School should be commended for not installing
security fencing around its' perimeter and retaining the natural boundary which contributes
significantly to young peoples understanding of the environment. The judges felt that the farming
theme also deserves another mention as the new/old feeding trough at the bottom of Meux Road/
Main Street is a welcome addition.

Areas for Improvement

Although the judges appreciate that the grit bin at the junction of Meux Road, Main Street and
Sutton Road is essential, it would benefit from some form of screening or planting, just to help to
distract the eye away from it.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The In Bloom group have a very strong team of about 8 active members who carry out practical
and promotional activities throughout the village. The judges were particularly impressed that the
group had managed to secure funding from the Red Nose Community Cash Awards, for the new
bench on the corner of Sutton Road near the bus stop. They would also like to wish the group well
for their forthcoming fundraiser at the Village Show to be held on the 16th July. The judges
particularly liked the work been carried out at the Primary School and thought that the webcam
from the nesting box was innovative and created interest for pupils, adding value to their
environmental awareness. The judges would also like to comment on the good work currently
been undertaken by the Lifestylers in the Churchyard.

Areas for Improvement

The judges would have like to have seen some of the young people at the Primary School who
had been involved in projects around the grounds. This would have given the judges the
opportunity to ask questions, as well as giving the young people the opportunity to showcase their
work. The judges felt that the group needs to actively engage more with young people, particularly
teenagers, and it would have been nice to have seen the Lifestylers, so they could explain there
current project.
Category 1C: Large Village

Barwick Gold Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Gold     Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

This village shouts "In Bloom" at every corner. The enjoyment and dedication of this group of
volunteers from every organisation and business within the village is there for everyone to see and
admire. Both church grounds, three public houses and the sports grounds are so well cared for by
this band of workers. The organisation of all these groups is a credit to all concerned.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

A pink village this summer! Well themed throughout - even a lot of private houses have made their
hanging baskets match in! Especially liked; the perennial borders along wall edges and the
geraniums in the border on the narrow road edge seen from church grounds. Good variety of
planted beds - grass bed ,herb bed etc Good support being given to school project - keep going
despite the set backs - the children obviously love it! A good selection of residential gardens seen.
All Saints church shows excellent standard of maintenance. Business support is very evident -
liked grow bags on bus shelter and Pizza House frontage was very good. Grass maintenance of
good standard and Bowling Green very good indeed

Areas for Improvement

Consider having more mixed flowers in hanging baskets to extend life and give more interest
are there any allotments in Barwick?

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Thanks to Frank every bird in Barwick has a home - so many bird boxes everywhere! The Boyle
and Franks Patch is a wonderful haven for all wildlife as is Jubilee Gardens Fantastic 5 star insect
houses!
The Slip and old farm implements help to show heritage. Liked the field of oats around the old
plough. Street furniture, lighting and signage all of high standard of maintenance

Areas for Improvement

Wild Flowers at Playing field had obviously disappointed this year - maybe change the seed mix?

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Good to meet different groups of helpers. Open Gardens Day was big success - not only raising a
lot of money but also the profile of In Bloom. Shop window is excellent way of publicising the
group.
Hope all photos were good and that they gave you even more publicity
Areas for Improvement

Are there any other children‟s groups involved apart from school? Maybe the judges could visit
one of the Open Gardens next year? The time during the lunch break {very good too!} could
possibly be used to explain about future plans and possibly show a display of photos of work
already done to re emphasise the portfolio



Bramham Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

A beautiful village with "In Bloom" showing everywhere. So much pride and enthusiasm by
everyone involved! The recently painted railings by the cattle ramp were an eye catching
improvement. The school were to be congratulated on all their wildlife projects. The garden
around the Old Peoples Shelter was a feature in the centre of the village. Well done to everyone
involved

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Lots of colour and lots of areas of planters and beds - good entrance area with well cut grass and
well tended beds. Planting at slipway exceptionally good Long border with little box hedge divides
looks even better than in the spring. Hayracks and cenotaph planters very good as was Old
Peoples shelter gardens. What a delightful garden at Old School House! School grounds
excellent - great vegetables! Very enthusiastic children and helpers. Well done! Good business
participation - Red Lion was lovely with many colourful planters as were the ones outside garage.
Verges well cut - with a huge input from the group to supplement Leeds Councils maintenance.

Areas for Improvement

It was felt that some colour theme could be tried out -either in small areas or throughout the village

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Church grounds have been entered as a discretionary in Yorkshire Rose Conservation and Wildlife
Award. Work on Bio diversity etc in school was excellent. Good to see extensive mulching of
beds.
Local history is being well preserved and History trail book and other books and articles will help to
sustain this. Village signs were very good and small signage throughout village well cared for.
Painting of slipway railings improve that area and make for a unique feature

Areas for Improvement

Let‟s hope the cooperation with Parish Council and others will achieve access to your wildlife area
for next year!
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Work in school was to be highly praised - good support from staff and volunteers. Publicity in
Parish news, local shop and stall at Village gala is good and recent recruitment leaflet has worked!
Lots of lovely posters to keep everyone informed and involved by delivering to each household.
Good display at start of judging and good updated portfolio helps to refresh judges' memories!

Areas for Improvement

Could the school enter Yorkshire in Bloom in their own category?



Burncross      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Gold

Introduction

A very impressive entry by the well organised and enthusiastic Burncross Action Team supported
by a substantial number of organisations from the public, voluntary and private sectors. The floral
displays were of excellent quality and included a pleasing mix of annual bedding and sustainable
planting providing a range of colour and texture at the village gateways and other prominent
locations. The newly launched website, Front Garden Awards Scheme and the planned History
Trail demonstrate the Team‟s commitment to maintain and further develop this high quality entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The excellent visual display and presentation given by members of the In Bloom Committee. The
excellent floral displays associated with the Acorn Inn, the mixed plantings in the immediate area
and the new plantings on Barnes Hall Road and at the entrance to the Recreation Ground. The
exceptional quality and range of the sustainable plantings and annual bedding at the Bracken Hill
gateway and within the open spaces on the Barnes Hall Road estate. The improvements
undertaken at the Hall Wood Road gateway following the spring judging. The continuing high
standards achieved in many residential gardens and the inauguration of the Front Garden Awards.
The achievement of a start on the long awaited footpath, construction and reinstatement of the
road verge on Hall Wood Road following representations to the local authority.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to maintain the standards achieved at the important gateways to the village. Maintain
efforts to achieve increased maintenance of some grassed areas by the local authority. Increase
the impact of floral beds within the areas of open space in residential areas. Persevere with the
establishment of the renovation works recently undertaken on the recreation ground by introducing
permanent planting and possibly wildflower plug plants and regular maintenance by the local
authority. The inclusion of more business premises would enhance this entry even more.
Consideration should be given to the inclusion of the Costcutter Supermarket and Burncross Clinic
located on the Burncross Road. There is no clear boundary between Burncross and Chapeltown
and opportunity might be taken to establish a further gateway display at an agreed point.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The on-going resource management relating to composting and water storage facilities. The well-
maintained historical mileage posts and the planning of the History Trail to be depicted in the
flowerbeds within the Barnes Hall Road estate previously used as a military camp during the
Second World War. The continuing high standard of cleanliness and maintenance of both public
and private areas throughout the village.

Areas for Improvement

There may be opportunity to introduce a wildflower area alongside the boundary fence on the
Acorn Recreation Ground together with tree and shrub planting. Wetland plantings should be
delayed until after the disturbed soil structure has re-established.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The excellent visual display and presentation given by members of the In Bloom Committee
provided clear evidence of all-year-round planning and involvement by the In Bloom Group,
Continuing participation by other local organisations, schoolchildren and individuals demonstrating
good support for the competition. Of particular note was the launch of the website on the Judging
day. The website had been designed by four pupils of Ecclesfield High School who gave the
Judges an excellent presentation and preview of its content. In addition to the new website, the
enthusiastic and knowledgeable members of the Burncross Action Team/In Bloom Group promote
and generate of awareness of their activities through newsletter, press releases and the monthly
work days. The Group continue to be involved in year-round fundraising activities and other
funding opportunities from grant-making bodies including the local authority.

Areas for Improvement

Ensure the new website is regularly updated to promote the work of the Group and maintain
awareness and interest within the local community.



Cawood      Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Situated on the west bank of the River Ouse, Cawood is one of the oldest and most important
settlements in Selby District. It has an interesting history and part of its castle still stands,
Agriculture was and still is an important part of the village life, and with its links to York, Selby,
Leeds, and Cawood provides an extremely pleasant living environment.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The village was full of floral features, tubs, railings and pots looked very nice and were generally
very well presented. The judges were impressed with the residential gardens seen in the village.

Areas for Improvement

Several of the features may benefit from a dot plant to give height in the beds and some
consideration might to trailing plants to soften the sides of the containers

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Garth is a lovely community area and the judges were very impressed with the pond and the
wild flowers. There was very little evidence of litter, graffiti or dog fouling. Recycling practices
were in evidence in many parts of the village. The street furniture was well maintained. Local
heritage was well presented and the link between Cawood and York. Minster fully explained to the
judges.

Areas for Improvement

Consider expanding the bird box scheme into other areas of the village.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The judges were impressed with entries in the unusual or recycled container competition.
Fund raising events such as the coffee morning and participation in the church flower festival all
help to raise awareness of Bloom activities in Cawood

Areas for Improvement

Could the group consider organising a poster competition for the young people in the village to
help raise awareness of the in Bloom campaign?



Cayton    Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

This coastal village situated between Scarborough and Filey has maintained the high standards
seen in the Spring. The strength of the in bloom group comes from its established links within the
local community and its ability to raise funding for the many projects and displays. The group is a
credit to Cayton and is to be commended.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The continued high standards seen in the spring have been elevated to a higher level with
additional floral displays. The salt bin project, involving the children in the design and planting of
what is a colourful display.

Areas for Improvement

Encouragement of more businesses to participate in the Yorkshire in Bloom entry with additional
displays through the village.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The success of the Killerby Conservation Wood five year plans can clearly be seen at the wood.
Well done for keeping up the momentum and delivering the scheme. The investment by the
Cayton Village Caravan Park embracing wholeheartedly the principles of conservation and
recycling within its recently established site extension is to be applauded.

Areas for Improvement

Additional interpretation boards at West Garth wetlands area entrance, to include a plan and
points of interest for visitors. The wildflower site at West End View would benefit from additional
perennial planting of nectar rich plants on the southern fence line. This would also support the
floral display bed adjacent on Main Street.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The levels of involvement in the in bloom group and its programme of activities and projects by a
wide section of the local community in Cayton is to be envied. The recognition of the Yorkshire in
Bloom competition within the village was welcomed.

Areas for Improvement

The in bloom group has achieved great success on a number of fronts over the years and it may
be prudent to consolidate the entry to ensure the levels of excellence attained are reflected across
the whole entry.



Great & Little Preston    Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Great and Little Preston has a large geographical area with a small population with semi rural
developments within the village which make it a demanding area for those involved in the
Yorkshire in Bloom entry, with only one shop/post office in the village and little businesses or
commerce to support the entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The further planting work next to the cricket ground and the new flower bed at Goodly Cross.

Areas for Improvement

A closer relationship with the local school and the allotment association may prove beneficial in the
future.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The wildlife area next to the Parish Hall with bird boxes, the recycling of the soil from around the
Parish Hall and the community litter picking were all to be commended.

Areas for Improvement

There was little sign of water harvesting and composting also there was graffiti still on the old
school and the vacant prefabricated housing.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The commitment to ongoing development and the sustainability of the local in bloom initiative.

Areas for Improvement

Building on the good relationship with the local school and endeavouring to widen the community
involvement with the in bloom initiative.



Grenoside      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

As with the Spring judging a most impressive entry full of local enthusiasm and vibrancy. The
presentation in the “Village Hall” was well put together illustrating current and future work. Heritage
Lottery application very detailed outlining aims and aspirations. The judges felt that the route
could have been improved and taking in a little more of the Spring judging for comparison
purposes.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Good evidence of the continuation of community involvement from the Spring visit. The
involvement by the local pubs was most impressive. The visit to the local primary school was very
informative and this new initiative will greatly help to generate interest with the pupils and their
curriculum.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to build on the existing success and encourage more input from private residences. The
new Jaguar Estate offers scope for GiB impact in future years.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

As with the Spring judging a noticeable lack of litter. The Birley Stone walk and open area has
been well restored with an interesting interpretation board explaining surrounding districts.

Areas for Improvement

We look forward to seeing the funding secured for the refurbishment and subsequent community
use of the Old Reading Room. The continuing interpretation of the local Heritage.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There is no doubt that all the local volunteers have achieved a great deal to enhance their village
and create a sense of real ownership. It shows throughout the area.

Areas for Improvement

The judges felt that perhaps the neighbourhood group at Grenoside Green and the “In Bloom”
group could act as one group to consolidate achievements.



Helmsley     Gold Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Gold   Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

As soon as we entered Helmsley we were overwhelmed by the number, size and quality of the
floral displays both by the businesses, In Bloom and residents all doing their own bit to making
Helmsley a better place to visit and live. The baskets, troughs and other floral displays must have
a great impact on visitors and encourage them to stay in Helmsley longer. The Walled Garden has
greatly improved over the years and is a real hive of activity and offers many the chance to get
involved at all levels. The efforts the committee puts in to encourage the whole community must be
commended .The committee must also get a special mention for training the dipper to appear right
on cue at the stream.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The quality of hanging baskets and wall planters throughout the town were of a very high standard
and both business and individuals are to be congratulated. The businesses on Borogate need a
special mention for making such a floral avenue. The planting in the Shady corners were doing
well which is a good sign of a good choice of plants and good overall maintenance. The planting
in Helen and Andrew King‟s garden was of amazing quality and the thought gone into choosing
plant variety‟s especially the ones that encourage bees and insects is highly praised. The planting
in pouches on the railing of the black swan was both creative and shows the desire to use as
much space as possible to improving their environment. The work by the school children at the
school allotment creating such an interesting area for all the visitors was admirable. Good to see
how much the Walled Garden has been enhanced with all the work of the staff and volunteers. A
delight for the visitors both visually and educationally

Areas for Improvement

It was felt that the planting in the kidney shaped bed had reached maturity and would benefit from
re designing and replanting which could be a project for the school children to get involved with.
Consider with consultation with the Environmental Agency the possibility of planting some
marginal/native plants along the stream side in certain areas such as flag iris

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The lack of litter and the general cleanness of what is a busy market town is a testament to the
hard work of the street cleaners and volunteers.

Areas for Improvement

The diversity of plant material at the old station could possibly benefit from the thinning and
possible removal of some of the existing trees. Also the planting of wild flower plugs or seed could
be considered. A five year development plan could be considered for the site. Consider an
interpretation board or leaflet about the wildflowers on the castle banking.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The judges were pleased to see the banner and posters around the town announcing judging and
to see the display in the newsagents shop window. It was lovely to meet the school children at the
allotment plot and see how enthusiastic they were in what they were doing. The poetry completion
was a wonderful idea and it was lovely to see some of the finished poem displayed in the
newsagents for people to see. The good community involvement which is galvanised by the Bloom
group. It was good to see the various walks leaflets available around Helmsley and the Discovery
Walks for school children at Duncombe Park and could have been included in the portfolio

Areas for Improvement

The group need to continue to work at getting media coverage and although the press
photographer did not turn up on the day it is important that the Bloom group continue to try and get
more press coverage to help publicise the work of the group. The press cuttings and other
publicity about the poetry competition could have been included in the portfolio



Hook Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

It was unfortunate for the entry that the weather was so bad on the day (as in Spring) however the
tour went ahead with the enthusiastic bloom members. Much has been achieved in the short time
the group has been operating and this bodes well for the future. The village was litter free with
some very well maintained and colourful residential gardens. The church and the school are to be
commended for their efforts. The Hook In Bloom Committee should be very proud of their
achievements to date.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Congratulations on your first open gardens event that was apparently a great success.
The new barrel planters were very good and the residential gardens on the river bank and High
Street impressive.

Areas for Improvement

You are still hampered by small privately owned areas of land on High Street awaiting
development.
Continue to highlight key projects to continue all the hard work to date.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The full length of the river bank is really well managed and a delight to walk along. Hook has a
fantastic history and it is commendable of the bloom group to be exploring this and planning to
have interpretation boards at some notable venues. The route was free from litter, dog fouling and
graffiti. The development of the pinfold site is exciting and worth a look when completed.

Areas for Improvement

You could perhaps give judges more details of the recycling arrangements in the village.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The visit to the church was interesting and the involvement of the vicar in the bloom efforts is
commendable. There is excellent cooperation with the local Primary School and good support
from the bloom group. The group is now well established and has a year round programme.
Areas for Improvement

The school should be encouraged to enter category 11, "Young Peoples Award" of the Yorkshire
in Bloom competition.



Hutton Cranswick Gold Rose Award                 Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold     Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The Judges were impressed by the enthusiasm and diversity of the group; the appropriate mixture
of permanent and annual bedding; the car provided by the sponsor; the route was clean and litter
free and the group had taken note of the comments of the Spring Judging.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

      The sedum bed at the station
      Planting of communal areas
      The quality of the private gardens
      The War Memorial
      The growing of plants from seeds

Areas for Improvement

      Continue to improve sustainable planting in your communal areas

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

      Insect Hotels and the Centenary Wood
      The Butterfly Garden
      Watering device in the hanging baskets
      Reusing discarded farm equipment as planters
      The Train was magnificent! and a real test of ingenuity and skill

Areas for Improvement

      The Village pond will need to be cleaned out in stages, to avoid becoming over grown.
      It is hoped that the repainting, noted in the Spring judging will be achieved.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

      Areas planted by Brownies and Rainbows
      Paul Harrison‟s Garage
      Ladybirds outside school
      Posters showing sponsorship and the date of the judging
      The banner and the nursery children‟s welcome
      The use of donated sinks and troughs for planting

Areas for Improvement

      It is hoped the link with the school develops
      Try to encourage bigger planters at the side of the fish shop near the bench, this would
       have more impact
      The white planters at the butchers would be improved if painted



Ingleton Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Although we only met with two people for our extensive tour of the village, it is obvious that plenty
of people are involved in .various' ways. Most of the village is on a steep slope, which presents
some problems. Fortunately the village still has quite a number of shops, and also an outdoor
heated swimming pool, which is open for three months in the summer. This, along with the
Bowling Green and cricket field are all maintained to a very high standard. We are grateful to 12
year old Naimh for the very good portfolio.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Most of the gardens we saw were very good and the two beds near the main road at the entrance
to the village also gave us a good welcome. The bowlers at the bowling green had made a very
good floral area at the corner of their ground. An Open Gardens competition is held in July. It was
good to see the planters at the Middle School.

Areas for Improvement

Several beds needed improvement, after some misunderstanding over who was dealing with
them. It is anticipated that the community will take over the management of the Community
Centre/car park site, and that then their planned improvements can take place.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The bowlers' corner garden was watered using water from the roof. The swimming pool had been
cleaned out by volunteers, and a number of people are involved in weeding and litter picking, one
having written a poem about it!

Areas for Improvement

We wish the community well in their plans to take over more of the village, as North Yorkshire
withdraw.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Various members of the community are involved in different ways, although we did not actually
meet them. As mentioned earlier a 12 year old had put the portfolio together, and made a good job
of it, with just enough information. As a challenge members of Ingleton in were given a £10 note
and had to double it by being creative.

Areas for Improvement

Find ways of helping the licensee of the Wheatsheaf Pub to carry out improvements to his grounds
and surroundings - we understand the unkempt area adjacent to the pub doesn't belong to him but
to the Council!



Micklefield    Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

This village is going from strength to strength all the time, achieved by a very small group of ladies
whose commitment and enthusiasm is amazing. They have painted planters and planted where
ever possible and continue to try and achieve more for the benefit of the community.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Colour theme of plants throughout entry was good and maintenance good. The interesting new
sustainable planted bed at Churchville House. The long border by side of school pathway is
looking good despite dry spring. The school grounds are full of good plans and an enthusiastic
group of staff to further encourage the youngsters. Church frontage is good, very colourful. One
Stop shop is a big improvement -good to see shops all coming on board. Grass maintenance all
of high standard

Areas for Improvement

Good luck with new planting behind new bus shelter. Maybe some of gardens at St Mary‟s Walk
could be shown to judges next year?

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Wild life areas in church yard are good as is SSSI. Good to see school involved in composting
Village signs are well planted and all planters maintained to very high standard

Areas for Improvement

History board at well will add interest. Could Yorkshire Living Churchyards provide new posters for
boards in church to replace old faded ones? Keep on with litter campaigns
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Delighted to hear that the word is spreading and that new helpers are appearing -even two or
three can make huge difference. Lots of posters - the word IS spreading! Community Payback
scheme gives invaluable help - a great partnership. Good to make a focal point of Churchville
House

Areas for Improvement

Keep up the good work - keep searching for more help, more money and other groups to join in
and continue to have fun making Micklefield a better place for you all to live



Osgodby Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The Osgodby in Bloom group have produced a consistently high standard of entry presentation
since forming six years ago. This year was no exception, from the stone village entry signs,
colourful floral displays, perennial plant areas, the Knipe Point gardens and the developing triangle
and memorial gardens, all worthy of merit and overall producing a quality entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The established appearance of the planters and tubs at Hill Top and the selection of the most
appropriate plants for the site, demonstrating what the group have achieved over the longer term
through commitment and endeavour. The addition of a further boat bed at Knipe Point by local
residents, showing the influence the in bloom group has in promoting floral developments.

Areas for Improvement

Consider the planting of perennial climbing plants at the base of the barrier on the triangle garden
bus stop boundary. This will help screen the barrier and provide colour.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The village was litter free and well presented during the visit. Congratulations must again be given
to the children from Overdale School for their continued and regular litter picks through the village.
The pride of place within the community was plainly evident with street furniture and signage all in
good condition.
Areas for Improvement

Opportunity to plant nectar rich perennial plants in the borders of the memorial garden to support
wildlife and add more colour. Continue to explore the development of the nature trail in Carnival
Fields.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The different approach taken to the Good Gardens competition will raise the profile of the in bloom
group and be useful with recruiting new members from the local community. A sound initiative
which will lead to success.

Areas for Improvement

Early introduction of the groups aims to the developer of the Poachers Arms to hopefully influence
the level of features and opportunities at site and future participation and involvement.



Ripponden      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

An Old mill town in Calderdale which nestles in the bottom of a steep sided valley. Now a
residential village with many residents working out of the area. Some industry left and several
shops including several food outlets.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The school shows outstanding work with the children in respect to horticulture and environmental
awareness. The work on the vegetable garden and the poly tunnel are all a delight to see and the
children are very knowledgeable about what they are doing and their plans for next year learning
from this years outcomes. The judges were delighted to sample some of the school grown
potatoes during their visit. The good relationship with Pennine housing and the parish Council will
continue to reap benefits within the community, and the salad tub initiative seems to be working
well

Areas for Improvement

Some work done in the past is suffering as a result of land ownership disputes. These need to be
settled so that everything can move forward.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Pennine housing are reducing weed killer/chemical control of weeds and working with the natural
elements of the landscape/contours of the area allowing longer grassed areas where appropriate.
Areas for Improvement

Continuing verge management with consideration toward meadow formation. Plan to enhance
planting in woods around the car park with wood anemone and similar.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

School obviously on board, with parents setting up rota to water plants in school holidays. Clearly
more cohesion between the Council and the in bloom group. Differences obvious in the spring
seem to have been resolved for the greater good of Ripponden. Shop window competition is
excellent.
Fundraising seems to be across the community with many involved throughout the year

Areas for Improvement

Build on improved relationships and communication between all participating groups. Aim to
produce a holistic approach with all working together.



Scholes     Gold Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Gold    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The group continue to impress, the whole village is a credit to everyone involved, from businesses
and residents sponsoring floral displays, individuals maintaining their own small areas, to the
school and the great things happening there. Scholes in Bloom should be proud of the standard
they are helping to maintain across the village.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The quality of plants and high standard of maintenance at the War Memorial is a credit to Peter.
The Coronation Tree junction is also of a similar standard and is ideally situated to make an instant
impression on visitors entering the village, whilst leaving a benchmark standard ingrained on the
memories of those leaving. The quality of the shrubs and the design of the Japanese garden -
minimalist but gives such an impact. The sports field and bowling green are a credit to those
involved.

Areas for Improvement

There is such a high standard of open spaces and private gardens that it is hard to find a corner
untouched. Continue to work with the developer/owner of the Buffers to improve the grounds
maintenance i.e. grass cutting. Consider removing some of the epicormic growth from the trees on
The Avenue and Milton Drive.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The cleanliness of the village is a credit to the group and the community and is extremely difficult
to fault. The consistency and standard of finish of the street lighting is very impressive,
maintaining that 'traditional' quality. Excellent recycling ideas and environmental awareness at the
local primary school, such as the 'banana bin‟ and water catchments area.

Areas for Improvement

Is there potential to consider hanging baskets with water reservoirs which may help with the
demand for watering in summers such as this. Would it be possible to replace a few missing fence
panels along the perimeter of the Buffers restaurant? Could more be made of the interpretation at
the wildflower meadow, explain to passers by what the area is and what they can see at different
times of the year

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

It is admirable how much pride the whole community takes in the village. Particularly impressive is
the standard of the roadside verges in the estates. The inclusion of horticulture in the education at
the primary school is commendable and one of the best examples we've seen. Paul, the school
gardener does an outstanding job here. The Scarecrows were an added bonus, and the friendly
welcome from the "Policeman" a highlight. The resurrection of the Horticultural show will add
another dimension to the In Bloom ethos and have the potential to encourage even more residents
to join in.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to support and encourage the scout group in their endeavours to create their own garden
space; a good start has been made.



Thornton     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The support from the community in making Thornton a green, clean colourful village on the
outskirts of Bradford is impressive. The support from the local shops, especially the local Co-Op
who sponsored the renovation of a local eye sore, businesses and residents have helped create
the good community spirit felt, which is credit to everyone involved. Their 5 year plan, although
near completion, has propelled Thornton forward and the new projects planned for the future can
only help Thornton achieve top awards of which it is capable of achieving.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Jeans garden was saved from the hands of the council and has been loving cared for by her,
giving it that personal touch. Alan Court is very well maintained and has many themes adding to
its warm inviting atmosphere. Hedrow Court has managed to use its limited space with troughs
tubs and hanging baskets.

Areas for Improvement

The excellent development of James Street Gardens is a strong base on which to build a
community hub by the careful addition of more sustainable planting in the beds, the use of hay
baskets on the wall and the placing of suitable containers both in the gardens and outside the
shop to link the two.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The rich diversity of the planting at the allotments, the mixing of cultivated crops with wild life
areas, stunning views and the personalised themes of each space made this a wonderful place to
be.
The recycling bins complex by the library was small, compact and very effective to use and keep
clean. An example of good practice for other In Bloom groups to follow.

Areas for Improvement

Bringing the woodland area into the judging route and involving the local school children.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The involvement of local shops & businesses has been successfully achieved. The five year plan
has been adhered to with excellent results.

Areas for Improvement

Involving the school children in the work of the In Bloom group by maybe a poster competition to
be displayed in the local shop windows or designing a flower bed.



Wilberfoss     Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Wilberfoss is a village and civil parish situated on the north side of the A1079 approximately 8
miles west of York and has a population of just over 1800 (2001 census). The "In Bloom" group
are extremely enthusiastic and Wilberfoss is benefiting considerably from their efforts. Well done to
the team.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Good quality planters of annuals throughout the village. Continuing development of memorial
garden. Mediterranean grass garden is now maturing. Costcutter and Village Inn now becoming
involved with good containers and hanging baskets and are supportive of the group. Tree planting
at the west end of the village now establishing. Good allotment area progressing well since it's
beginning in 2007. Congratulations to Carol on weeding and tidying the long path to the
allotments!

Areas for Improvement

The judges look forward to seeing community orchard project. The proposed polytunnel for
growing young trees, shrubs etc. in house should be a major contribution to the overall
development of the group and the village.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

New water butts around the village recycling water for the planters. Additional artefacts obtained
to use as features and showing the history of the village. Recycling base at Sports Centre, money
raised going back to fund projects in the village. Restoration of mounting block/milestone and
project to re-site this and use as a feature. Bee garden adjacent to cricket pitch. In Bloom group
maintain cleanliness of street furniture. Ongoing management of churchyard for wildlife/flowers.
Wildlife area adjacent to St John the Baptist church.

Areas for Improvement

The new project for the "bee friendly" border down to the allotments, the poppy seed project and
the proposed wild area at Moorfield Way will increase the biodiversity in the village.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Year round fund raising with tombola, duck race, plant stall, coffee morning and increasing
community involvement. Hopefully applications for financial support from ERYC and the Parish
Council will be successful.

Areas for Improvement

Judges look forward to seeing the proposed planting schemes at Beckside and the Old School
House coming to fruition and press on with plans to have greater involvement with the local
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The greater sustainability of permanent planting of trees, shrubs etc. grown by
Category 2A: Urban Community

Ardsley Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Ardsley is an attractive Urban Community that has a pleasant and thriving atmosphere. A wide
dual carriageway that runs through the heart of the community could have fragmented it but
instead the residents have turned it into a feature with the daffodils that we saw in the spring and
the barrel plantings in the summer. It is lovely to see the enthusiasm & commitment that the
community has for improving their local area and how so many residents, businesses and
agencies are working together to make Ardsley „bloom‟

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

We commend the floral barrel planting scheme and the many residents who have „adopted‟ them
and are caring for them so well. The garden competition organised by Berneslia Homes is a great
way to encourage residents to garden and the estate gardens were a credit to them. It was lovely
to see the Community Centre back in action, the attractive floral features, and that you are
involving the school pupils in your garden planting

Areas for Improvement

You have plans to refurbish the barrel planters and we would encourage you to go ahead with this.
Perhaps you might consider introducing some sustainable planting into your barrels or perhaps
expanding the „edible‟ theme in one or two areas. We would suggest some Autumn pruning of
some of the shrubs which overhang the pavement from the church as they are restricting the
footpath.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The way you are developing Pacers field is commendable, it not only provides a lovely natural
wildlife area but also a peaceful and tranquil spot for residents to enjoy the stunning views. Our
visit to Oakhill Primary School was most enjoyable, the pupils were delightful and without
exception very knowledgeable about their gardening projects. We were impressed by the fact that
the school has such varied outdoor experiences for pupils from woodland crafts to formal
gardening. The pupils were a credit to Ardsley and may well be a future „bloom‟ group. Local
Environmental quality was very good and it was clear that the group takes these issues seriously.
We were impressed at the cleanliness of the area, lack of litter and no signs of graffiti, fly-posting
and dog fouling during our tour.

Areas for Improvement

Perhaps a second interpretation board pointing out features and views at the top of Pacers field
could be considered to add additional interest. We would encourage you to manage the wild
flower planting with some sensitive weeding of dominant species. Encourage the Local Authority
to weed kill gutters and the back edges of pavements around some of the housing areas.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Your achievements in this area as a whole are excellent. It is clear that many people are „doing
their bit‟ with enthusiasm and commitment and that you make real efforts to engage with and
include everyone. Communications are very good and varied, it was pleasing to see many
residents including „passers by‟ clearly knowing that the judging was happening and supporting
Ardsley.
Well done for achieving press coverage of both spring and summer judging and for your many
other Ardsley in Bloom achievements.

Areas for Improvement

We think there may be a partnership opportunity to join with the local Berneslai homes garden
competition and expand this to private households to widen the involvement. Have you
considered developing an in bloom calendar as a potential fund raiser. Might you consider
reinforcing some of the very positive contributions that are made by residents by holding your own
local thank you or awards event for people or organisations that have made outstanding
contributions?



Beeston Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Beeston is a pleasant and friendly community that has clearly taken „In Bloom‟ to its heart. The
many good quality projects were of a high standard and publicised with Beeston‟s own lovely bee
logo.
We were made very welcome during our visit by the Beeston in Bloom group who demonstrated a
real enthusiasm and commitment to their community. An impressive number of volunteers,
partners and residents showcased their contributions including some exceptional private gardens
and the lovely St Mary‟s Church gardens.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Beeston has some strong and attractive floral features improved by a good choice of plants and a
pleasant use of colour as a theme to link them together. The barrier baskets looked lovely.
Clarksfield allotments are exceptional; the tenants clearly love their allotments and work hard to
keep improving them. We were impressed by the addition of the „new loo‟ and the opportunities
that will give for inclusion and greater participation. St Mary‟s church gardens were very well
maintained and create an attractive setting that lifts the appearance of the church to a new level.
There were many good residential gardens and some that were exceptional. The garden
competition is a great way of involving local residents and should continue to help you to get more
people on board.
Areas for Improvement

Consider nominating good gardens to enter your competition and approaching residents on the
basis that their garden has been nominated are they happy with that, so that they opt in rather
than out. Might you encourage some of your partners to enter Yorkshire in Blooms special
categories in their own right too, e.g. the church, the allotments and Evans. In this way they can
achieve in their own right as well as through the overall Urban Community entry. Continue to
encourage local businesses to get involved.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Cockburn High Schools allotments are developing well, supported by an enthusiastic and hard
working team. We liked the addition of the herb beds and commend the concept of the eco-house
that is well on the way to becoming reality. St Anthony‟s School is to be commended for the
variety of gardening experiences that they offer to their pupils and in particular for the lovely, eye
catching wildflower bed. The pupils were delightful, knowledgeable and articulate. Local
Environmental Quality was much improved.

Areas for Improvement

Consider incorporating more of your local heritage into your features and work. Could you include
more information about what partners and service providers are doing to recycle e.g. the Local
Authority and the Parks Service? Now that you have improved the big issues on Local
Environmental Quality, pay a little more attention to details like weeds in back edges.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Your good all round community engagement and the enthusiasm of the bloom group and
volunteers.We thought that your two banners, prominently displayed, crediting and thanking your
sponsors were excellent. You are working well with Leeds Ahead and making good use of
corporate volunteers. The fact that you have managed to increase sponsorship and used your own
schemes to encourage business improvements like the White Heart Pub and the Fish & Chip
shop. Involving the children through the school competition and using the winning design for your
portfolio cover.

Areas for Improvement

A short presentation at the beginning of our tour to present your spring update sheet would be
useful. This would allow you to outline what you have achieved since our spring visit. We like your
„bee‟ logo and would encourage you to make even more use of it to badge your work. Consider
reviewing/re-visiting your environmental audit of Beeston to help to shape your future plans and
development.
Birstall       Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

As a first time entry there were noticeable improvements from the Spring judging and good to see
that the in Bloom group had taken the judges comments on board. An enthusiastic and hard
working group that has forged a network of impressive links in the community. A community which
is becoming part of the bloom initiative. Awareness and support from local traders, posters,
hanging baskets and a real sense of „pride of place'. Birstall has come a long way in a year is in
good hands. Keep up the good work and most importantly enjoy what you are doing.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Oakwell Hall gardens and wildlife areas. Good interpretation. Improvements to grot spots around
village not only in central area. Attractive residential gardens and allotments demonstrating
support and involvement with each other in the community. Improved involvement around market
square including new Buddleia garden developed by local businesses and estate agents. On going
projects and good team work at St Saviour‟s church.

Areas for Improvement

Visit school garden in summer and continue with pot competition. Consider low barrier behind bus
shelter off market square. Extend floralisation outside central area if possible without over
extending group. Continue with garden competitions which are proving a winner in area.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Oakwell Hall wildlife areas and interpretation boards. Well maintained market square. Good street
furniture and clean entry. Pride and awareness of local heritage in area.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to develop unused corners of Birstall. Get other churches on board to develop their
grounds. Develop sustainable planting areas around Birstall. Also areas for wildflowers to
establish. Continue to promote Birstall and get businesses on board

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Continue links with schools. Good use of Library in central area which involves groups involved
with bloom initiative. Children‟s efforts and pride in their achievements in Pot competition.
EVIDENCE OF ON GOING EVENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BLOOM GROUP. Sponsorship of
baskets by traders. Support from Rotarians and help to carry out projects.
Areas for Improvement

Make sure enough time allocated along route. Get more businesses on board especially in central
area. Meet more community groups/ projects outside central areas. Continue to develop links with
schools. Keep records of all achievements for future years. For first time effort well done



Bramhope Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Bramhope is a leafy village in the suburbs of Leeds which has some interesting historical features.
The Bramhope in Bloom group are an enthusiastic fledgling group that is already making floral and
conservational improvements to their village. The many other local groups which Bramhope in
Bloom are connected with will make the in bloom campaign sustainable for the future generations.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The Fox and Hounds and Bakery had some very good summer colour in their baskets and tubs as
did the cross area adjacent and were all colour coordinated. The various barrels around the village
(some of which are new this year and have been donated) were a very good addition to the village.
The residential front gardens along the Birches were well maintained. It was good to see the Lay-
by area outside the cemetery replanted with the help of the scouts in spring planted up for summer
by the group. Elizabeth‟s garden had the wow factor with mostly perennial planting it was a
pleasure to behold. Linda and Peter‟s allotment rented off the railway board was a good addition
to the route and has potential for greater involvement in the future.

Areas for Improvement

The cross area would lend itself to some more floral planting up of all the iron grilles/old light
guards.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The planters at the Parade that have been revitalised by cladding them in Wood to improve their
appearance and replanted by the group and in summer, they will invite the most discerning of
shopper into this small parade of shops (well done Bramhope). The continued ongoing work of
imaginative environmental work within Bramhope Primary School is very good and good to see
future in bloomers in action. (ps Stuart still has glitter on his lips!). The ongoing development work
at the Puritan Church which includes a very impressive period feature bed, as well as compost
bays and a general tidy up by the group. The new recycled stone trough donated by a resident‟s
stone company.

Areas for Improvement

It was a shame to see the efforts of the group ignored by the medical centre with regards for
requests to clear the weeds around the car park. However the medical centre are looking after 4
barrel planters near their entrance. It would be good to work towards getting some advice on
clearing the pond/wet land area next to the newly found allotment and including this in next year‟s
route under conservation. There was some graffiti evident on the route that should have been
cleared or painted out.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The sponsorship collected for friends of Bramhope in Bloom via a poster/leaflet drop to local
residents. The local papers interest towards the in bloom campaign at Bramhope can only raise
the profile of the group. The work carried out within the school and the many businesses involved
throughout the town are a credit to all involved.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to involve the local Scout group in future projects such as spring bulb planting for next
year will work well for their badge work. Work on attracting funding for some in bloom gateway
information signs/banners to raise the group‟s profile. Continue to work with the Parish Council
and Leeds City Council, to attract future funding and support.



Calverley      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Calverley is fortunate in many ways it has a good geographical base, a wide selection of active
community groups all of which seemed to support the Yorkshire in Bloom initiative and what is
more pleasing is that the people involved seemed to enjoy what they where doing.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The work done at the Methodist Church and Community Hall by the volunteer workers and the
high standard of maintenance and floral displays in the local award winning park.

Areas for Improvement

The grass verges maintenance could be improved as could the grass cutting in some of the public
open spaces.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

There was still no evidence of fly posting or graffiti and the conservation and bio diversity were of a
high standard.
Areas for Improvement

There were still some areas of dog fouling and some areas had levels of litter and maybe more
could be made of the recycling and water harvesting.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There is still no doubt that the in Bloom initiative in Calverley has strong business community and
council support and that there is a long term view for the further developments such as the
proposals for the allotments and the wetland area in 2012.

Areas for Improvement

Increasing the effort put into community awareness could bring dividends in the future.



Elland & District Partnership Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Bronze    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Once again the enthusiasm of the Elland Partnership shone through. The group have made
significant strides in a relatively short space of time with some nice touches throughout the route.
We were pleased to see evidence that the group had taken action on the points raised at the
spring judging. The hanging baskets in the town centre added some lovely splashes of colour
throughout a key area. The town was clean and litter-free throughout the route. Given time, there
is even more improvement potential within Elland. The proposed herb garden near the Cartwheel
club will also be a good addition to next year's route.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Throughout the route the plants were in good condition and beds well tended. The roundabouts
and hanging baskets were pleasing throughout the town centre. We saw lots of well tended front
gardens, including those in Lower Edge Road, Jepson Lane and Grasmere Drive. The organic
residential garden belonging to Hazel Metcalfe was a joy and one of the best of its type. Old Earth
school continues to hugely impress with its enthusiasm, and many differently themed gardens
including the bird & bee garden. The knowledge shown by the pupils was very impressive. Work
with the Rotary club has produced a lovely wildflower area of which the pupils are justly proud. The
eight baskets along Southgate precinct done by the Brownies were a joy. The transformation of
Hullenedge Park is impressive. We enjoyed the blend of bedding and sustainable planting. The
park is well tended from well kept grassed areas to the well clipped hedge behind the memorial.

Areas for Improvement

The addition of an extra planter on the precinct as discussed would further enhance that area.
Keep working to encourage all the schools to enjoy and expand horticultural activities. Perhaps
planting around the car parks could be further developed. The extension of the hanging baskets to
further parts of the town would build on the good work already done. Judging route selection is
key to further progress and any particularly weedy areas are better omitted from the finished route.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

It was pleasing to witness the forward thinking attitude of Old Earth School towards recycling and
conservation. The knowledge shown by pupils about wildlife, especially insects was very
impressive.
Bird boxes in the trees at Hullenedge Park are of benefit to wildlife.

Areas for Improvement

The addition of more bird boxes in Hullenedge Park would further encourage birds to that area.
Could a small section of the park be left wild and dedicated to wildflowers to encourage butterflies
and insects? Perhaps the development of a butterfly and bee bed as part of the park's planting
would encourage residents to do something similar in their own gardens. Perhaps some planters
in the town centre could be developed with butterfly friendly planting, especially those near areas
where people sit or near bus stops. We are sure there is more local heritage that could be
incorporated to the route. Perhaps dye plants would be interesting, planted around the old dye
works, for example.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There are strong links with the old Earth School and the Church of England school and these bode
well for the future. The group has a good link up with the brownies and also a cross-section of
individuals across the town. There are signs of increasing business involvement with pubs, a bank
and some retailers starting to see the benefits of floral displays. The Partnership has strong ties
with the local community and it gains funding and support from several different sources.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to work with the schools and as many different community groups as possible.
Encourage even more businesses to support the group by investing in baskets and planters.
Perhaps too businesses may help with publicity for the group. Consider facilitating the setting up
of a "Friends of Hullendege Park” group. Additional funding may then be attracted.



Hillsborough     Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Once again we were surprised by the hussle and bussle of Hillsborough, it truly is a busy spot. The
park and walled gardens were wonderful and we hope they remain so for a long time to come. The
Holme Lane Community Garden looks to be coming together following recent difficulties and the
addition of the Schools was a welcomed addition to the tour. The determined bunch of „bloomers‟
continues to achieve great results and are rightly proud of their achievements.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The colourful barrier planters at Hillsborough Corner. The prominent baskets at the Cafe close to
Hillsborough Park. Well maintained and cared for Roses at the Walled Garden and the adjacent
library. The perennial display in Hillsborough Park.

Areas for Improvement

Seasonal baskets, missing for the first time in many years, would have added so much to the
entry. Consider new ways to use available resources to bring these back to Hillsborough. The
high standards in the park and the wall garden would be difficult to beat, this needs to be protected
along with the service offered to the many that use the park.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The busy retail area really is well looked after, the newly painted railings add to this. Credit to the
street cleansing team, well done. The continuing developments at Holme Lane Community
Garden.

Areas for Improvement

Continue and develop the painting programme recently initiated. The Hillsborough Forum Office's
efforts really ensure the area is on the up, keep this valuable resource well staffed and open at all
times.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The impressive list of Partners, Sponsors & Supporters. The DVD was superb, make sure it gets
many airings near and wide. The involvement and achievements of Malin Bridge and Marlcliffe
Primary Schools. The small army of volunteers. The ability to secure funding for many differing
projects.

Areas for Improvement

Keep telling the tale, I'd be surprised if anybody in Hillsborough did not know of Hillsborough in
Bloom.



Holbeck     Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Holbeck like the phoenix from the ashes is rising to the many challenges that it faces as an Urban
Community. It has one of the highest levels of social deprivation in the country but the tremendous
community spirit that we encountered shows a huge commitment to making sure that it is still a
great place to live. We would like to commend Holbeck in Bloom and their many supporters and
partners for their systematic, well organised and planned approach to improvement. They have
clearly taken comments on board and delivered good consistent improvement.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The many areas of new planting, the lovely good quality floral tubs and the features on the bridge
are making a real difference. We admire and commend your cheerful determination not to give in
to petty theft and vandalism and that your tactics are working. Your approach to tackling
overgrown and „gap‟ sites is good and shows careful planning and partnership working. Shafton
Lane allotments were great, we admired the enthusiastic and committed tenants and the lovely
atmosphere. Their achievements to date including the expansion of the numbers of plots, the
raised beds for older residents and the many creative recycling projects were impressive. We
thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ingram Road School, the pupils were most knowledgeable and their
love of their gardening and woodcraft projects was very evident, they were absolute credit to the
school.

Areas for Improvement

Consider introducing some sustainable planting to your tubs and features. Your work with some of
the bigger businesses to improve their premises is going well, consider ways to involve the smaller
ones too, it could be as simple as displaying bloom posters or taking care of their own frontage
Now that you are tackling the big picture so well perhaps you could begin to look at the detail of
weeds in back edges, paving and mosaics.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Local Environmental Quality, including dog fouling, was much improved from the spring, well done
to your volunteers, keep up the good work. The wildflower meadow has great potential and should
look lovely very soon. We commend your many beneficial partnerships and your links with Aire
Valley Housing. The school vegetable garden and woodland craft projects are great ways of
encouraging our younger generation to care for, respect and take a pride in their local
environment. Recycling and re-use projects on the allotments are worthy of note.

Areas for Improvement

Consider whether it may be worthwhile to carry out a full systematic environmental audit of your
area. This can be useful to both identify „grot spots and vacant plots‟ for future projects and to
highlight what you have already achieved. Could you strengthen your links to Holbeck's local
heritage? It could be used as a way to engage residents and develop pride; folks are often
fascinated by local history.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Your commitment to „in bloom‟ and the very many community projects is commendable and shows
real efforts to involve as wide a range of people as you can, the allotments being just one example
of this. The gardening competition shows real promise and should help you to involve even more
people. Your communications are very good and we were impressed by the excellent signage for
Holbeck in Bloom and your publicity achievements. You have formed some very good business
partnerships and secured a good network of support.

Areas for Improvement

Consider setting standards and objectives for what you want to achieve, for example what do you
want the end result to be, what will a successful project look like? Consider all aspects of the
changes that you plan to make, for example would it be best to remove the oak tree near the
community centre or might it be better to take out the cherry trees? Continue to badge all of your
projects, planters etc your logo is very effective.



Kippax Gold Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Gold     Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

When entering Kippax you get the feel that you are entering a Yorkshire in Bloom area as it is
evident without being shown around that the town is an enthusiastic entrant into the in Bloom
competition with many private houses and businesses advertising the fact.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The large number of outstanding residential and community gardens and the Gibson Lane
allotment development.

Areas for Improvement

Try and persuade the local authority to maintain the highway grass verges to a higher standard.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The new school with a garden for each year in the school but also that the school roof area is used
for water harvesting, production of electricity and that the school has its own wind generation unit.

Areas for Improvement

Possibly more could be done about water recycling, composting and in the area of resource
management.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There is no doubt that the majority of the local community are not only aware of the town entry in
Yorkshire in Bloom but are supporting it in any way that they can.
Areas for Improvement

May be the involvement of more under 18 year olds would be helpful in the long term.
Development of say Duke of Edinburgh Award projects and the like for the young could be looked
into.



Owlthorpe Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The continuation from the Spring event has not waned and in fact has progressed at a pace that
has shown what a community spirit can achieve. Projects of both large and small scale have been
undertaken to brighten buildings and provide footpaths for locals and visitors alike. The heritage
aspect has been fully researched and recorded which is a vital tool in future grant and sponsorship
deals which will be needed for further tasks. The Forum Group has expanded and along with
partners such as Sheffield Council and Sheffield Landscape Trust to name only two of many, the
local schools and also the funding support achieved by the group it is a testament to their
endeavours to ensure Owlthorpe continues.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The schools endeavours to become Eco Warriors has to be in the forefront as this is the next
generation who will be more aware of their environment and heritage through their efforts at school
in gaining such awards a Green Flag, Silver and Bronze. The increasing number of good quality
planters around the boundaries to highlight the Groups efforts has to be applauded as this is the
colour of the “In Bloom” and is a welcoming sight for all. The brightening of the Medical Centre
with extra plantings to the vertical wall are beginning to show promise and will develop further as
they establish and along with the extra planters this is now a welcoming area. The constant litter
picking regime has proved very successful in having such a large area practically litter free and
looking very well managed. The Stone walls, Coppice, Hedgerows and grazing projects have to
be mentioned in one sentence as they are too many to identify individually but are all a major part
of the group‟s activity and have proved a very successful undertaking. The level of funding
achieved must be envied by all and is a very welcome financial resource to the group.

Areas for Improvement

The work with the Tram Authority on planting the Donetsk tram stop needs to progress and could
possibly be a College Student project. Continue the interplanting of flower tubs etc with
permanent planting and achieve a balance with the seasonal bedding colour, maintaining the
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The vertical wall planting around the medical building needs to be extended and would be a couple
of seasons before complete. Include the house gardens excellent activity of pleasant gardens into
the judging route as this is a major part of the area and provides a very colourful backdrop on the
tour. Maybe a competition if enough support can be generated.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The major task undertaken this season is the Nature & Heritage Trail extension thus adding
another 760 m of trail which will be adopted as Bridle and Footpaths Rights of Way giving some
protection and recognition of the work undertaken by the Sheffield Landscape Trust and others
involved in the project. The surveys carried out to identify the flora and fauna of the area is a
positive tool for future funding possibilities and gives a clear intention of the group‟s activities and
intentions. The determination of the group and residents alike in keeping the area clean, clear of
litter, graffiti and unwanted vandalism is testament to the work being undertaken and the
involvement of local schools, residents and other groups taking a pride in the area.

Areas for Improvement

Discussion with the Local Authority Highways Dept may help reduce the slight weed problem on
the major roads and footpaths to reduce damage to surfaces. Continue to monitor pernicious
weeds, along with Balsam, to ensure a good balance is maintained in providing habitat for
invertebrates with the naturally occurring wilder flowers at various locations around the area. The
development around the old Moorhole section of the area needs to be identified with notice and
interpretation signs showing the findings of artefacts. Look at the possibility of some tree planting
to the bank of the medical centre which would help stabilise the banking and give some wind cover
to this area

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The summer portfolio addendum and tour aide have shown the determination of the group this
year and identified that the work and projects undertaken and in the pipeline are long term
commitments.
The Schools Eco Scheme shows the determination of the children to be more than a one year
warrior and have changed the management system to include them all through their school years.
The increase in membership of the group and the involvement by other residents on an “as when”
basis are indicative of the survival of the work and projects being undertaken and completed.

Areas for Improvement

Investigate the possibility of seeking student activity from the Peaks College in certain projects
around the area as a learning and work experience. This will give an older section of the youth
some involvement in the group‟s activities as mentioned in Section A above. Continue to update
the management plan/project task list to ensure that the group is not being stretched and all goals
are achievable. Continue to monitor the schools Eco Scheme awards and give help and support
to the areas lacking in achievements. Look to getting as much publicity as possible from the “In
Bloom” aspect coordinated with the judge‟s visits to schools, projects, events etc.
Sowerby Bridge Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

We were once more made very welcome in Sowerby Bridge, and were pleased to see more of the
area. There is much good work going on in the town, from the wharf to the railway station,
supported by committed groups of volunteers. We are sure that the bloom initiative will grow and
flourish in the future.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Colourful seasonal planting at the wharf, the station and the White Horse brighten up the town, as
do private gardens such as those of the residents at Markham Mount, who have created a lot of
colour in a difficult small area, Pye Nest Road and Willow Drive. The planting at the Bolton Brow
Gardens was lovely, and at St Patrick‟s Church, the roses looked very healthy and the whole
garden is cherished and well tended.

Areas for Improvement

There is limited space in the town centre for seasonal or perennial planting, so the reintroduction
of the barrier tubs on the bridge in the future will help brighten the busy main road, but continue to
look for other areas the In Bloom group could improve. Encourage local businesses to become
involved by providing tubs and baskets to support the bloom group‟s work.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The town was clean and predominantly litter free throughout, a good achievement given the
volume for traffic through the town on the busy A58. Christ Church School have created a lovely
wildlife area in the grounds of the school. The art works undergoing construction there, from
natural materials enhanced the site. The heritage of the wharf and associated buildings is being
well cared for. The hard landscaping in the area is well suited to the site. We saw lots of well
mulched areas.

Areas for Improvement

Perhaps is would be possible to plant further native shrubs around the canal area to encourage
wildlife. Consider using insect friendly plants as part of the town's planting. Perhaps consider a
gardening competition based on the most wildlife friendly garden.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The Bloom group obviously work hard year round and are making efforts to develop their work.
The Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station have been very successful in engaging with the
wider community, and have developed a good relationship with the local Scout group. It was
pleasing to see the new planters provided by the link with Skillshop. It is impressive to see the on
going support from local business, in particular the funding secured from The Java Restaurant for
replanting. It is good to see The Halifax Courier continues to actively support the In Bloom
initiative.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to encourage local businesses to support the efforts of the In bloom campaign.
Perhaps a basket and planter competition for local businesses would encourage support.
Keep working with local schools to encourage the growing of fruit and vegetables, which can then
be used in school kitchens.



Starbeck       Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Introductions and a photocall were made at Harrogate Golf Club, giving an opportunity to see the
famous Belmont Oak tree. Despite heavy rain, Starbeck in Bloom conducted an excellent judging
route, with several opportunities to meet, not only many members of the community, but so
importantly – young people. YIB Judging Posters were much in evidence. The adverse weather
did not lessen the very evident impact throughout, of tidiness and preparation. The judges were
able to see the many creditable private and communal gardens. Spa Mews is a perfect haven for
the elderly. Time was spent in the St. Andrew‟s Allotments, meeting the enthusiastic children from
the Starbeck School Gardening Club. Starbeck Railway Station is well worth visiting. Newly
planted saplings, and interpretation panels at either end of the newly cut path through Addyman‟s
Wood present an exciting project – as does the Green River Trail and the „Grow it, eat it‟ corner.
The list of achievements and projects is most impressive. At St. Andrew‟s Church, the judges were
shown a short presentation, and had a chance to talk to many of the team of volunteers –
concluding a most comprehensive and informative Judging Route.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The heavy rain did not deflect away from the very many floral features on the route. Of particular
note, was the planting and overall appearance of the Spa Mews. The floral planting theme of
cream, yellow and orange is most effective.

Areas for Improvement

Whilst recognising the improvements made to the Starbeck Railway Station, especially to the
subway, and the difficult position of the gap site, one or two more floral features would enhance
the immediate approach to the subway.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The judges were most impressed at the concept of the Green Rivers idea. The Supa Shop
Competition encouraging local shops to clean their frontage, deserves mention. Environmental
Responsibility is much highlighted in the tasks undertaken in the LOVE STARBECK DAY.
Addymans Wood is a new project to develop a small area into a wild life haven. A most innovative
idea for a gap site is the „Grow it, Eat it‟ corner. The lifting and storing of bulbs, and the nursery
bed polyanthus and primulas behind the Methodist church are to be commended. Litter picking
and the clearing of an old railway line by brownies and guides, are just a few indications of
involvement by young people in respecting their environment.

Areas for Improvement

There are so many signs of a continued improvement, and it was heart-warming to listen to the
enthusiasm of all the young people at the conclusion of the tour of Starbeck, who clearly enjoyed
their participation in bettering their town. The judges hope it can remain this way.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The very high community involvement was most evident by the large turn-out to meet and talk to
the judges at the end of the tour, in St. Andrew‟s church. Meeting and talking to children from the
Starbeck School Gardening Club was a delight, and the persistent rain did not dampen their
enthusiasm. The judges had several opportunities to talk to members of the community along the
route.

Areas for Improvement

It must be challenging to maintain such a high level of community involvement the whole year
round, and the judges wish every success to all those who make Starbeck a town to be proud of.



Stocksbridge         Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The severe winter and dry cold spring and summer have not thwarted the efforts of this
enthusiastic In Bloom team to maintain their momentum in their improvements of their locality in
spite of the setbacks with their water bowser and lorry breakdown. The community involvement is
obvious both in the town centre with many well stocked planters sponsored by businesses and
planted by schoolchildren and in the surrounding area where local residents are responsible for
nearby planters. The In Bloom Team in Stocksbridge has undertaken a huge amount of work using
200 bags of compost and 5000 or more plants for their summer planting scheme to provide a
marvellous show.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

It was a delight to meet the children who were most knowledgeable in the techniques used in St
Anne‟s sensory garden and at the planters outside the library. The new planters situated at
Hunshelf Bottom Roundabout and those outside the Lunchbox shop will hopefully set the scene for
the new development in the valley bottom. The community allotment is thriving along with its bug
hotel and composting facilities. Tom Todner‟s garden is a wonderful example of a wildlife haven in
a small space while Margaret has transformed at difficult slope at the bowling green into a wacky
garden with great effect. There was also plenty of wildlife enjoying the facilities in Sybil and
Graham‟s garden on Manchester Road.

Areas for Improvement

Hopefully the group will be able to make use of the apprentices in the community scheme at Tata
as a new source of ideas and a labour force. The consultation on £50,000 development in front of
the library promises to enhance the area with a continuation of the beds similar to those near the
Co-op. Plans are in hand to plant wild flower gardens in one area at the Clock Tower and various
other suitable locations. In view of the large number of annuals it might be prudent to investigate
use of perennials wherever possible

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The displays at the Town centre and outside the Town Hall are bright and colourful with a good
choice of plants. The spray on signs for dog walkers are a great idea as is the individually
designed poster! A vacant shop window in the town centre has been used with great effect to
advertise the in bloom activities. The wildflower garden has brightened up a difficult plat and there
are plans for more. The Valley in Bloom team is helping the Community Forum with a £20,000
scheme to promote walking routes and living streets

Areas for Improvement

A visit to the interior of the Town hall to view the meeting rooms might be included on next year‟s
route. The glass pottery and the houses made of the unusual coloured bricks are also areas of
local heritage which might well be worth researching. The pavements on the hill up to the Clock
Tower would benefit from weed killing early in the year. The recycling depot is well used and it
might be useful to have a council officer to explain what happens after the goods are put in the
bins.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The whole community is actively involved with this group and the children and young people are
involved in many different ways. The newsletter and website are effective in communicating the
many events held throughout the year. Angela Parkes and Gary Woodwell are to be commended
on the quality of the vegetables at Alpine Lodge and for arranging that the residents have their
own Sunflower competition. Good luck with eradicating the Mare‟s tail.

Areas for Improvement

The many Valley in Bloom competitions are well publicised and it might be worth considering
holding the events before the judging date so that competition winners could be part of the judge‟s
itinary.
Category 2B: Small Town

Addingham            Gold Rose Award                Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Although the bypass has taken away through traffic the main street is still very busy and therefore
not easy to keep looking good - but they are achieving it! The school has a core of very keen
gardeners, and also there is very keen older workforce at High House Mews, where the grounds
are always immaculate. There were over two dozen dedicated local volunteers who joined us for
tea after the tour.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The Church Orchard is a quite unique planting, and all maintained by one man. No sprays are
used, and plenty of other subjects are planted to encourage bees, etc. The Fleece pub is excellent
with its colourful tubs and other planters. There are almost 100 allotments in the village, and
almost all of the large number we saw, were very well cultivated and productive. The beds of Main
Street contain a wide variety of plant material, suitable to give displays at all seasons.

Areas for Improvement

As in many places it is the unexpected uncared for corners that take the edge off the rest - regular
patrols will soon identify these.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Wild Garden continues to develop, and the group have plans in hand to thin out some of the
trees, etc - good management. There is basically no litter or graffiti to be found. New seats have
recently been provided in some of the Main Street gardens.

Areas for Improvement

We are aware that recycling takes place, but it would be useful to demonstrate your particular
strengths.10

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

There is excellent community participation, and the village has a large number of organisations
many of which seem to be well supported. There appears to be good year round involvement and
the group has just received an increase in their allocation from the Parish Council.

Areas for Improvement

We feel that the level of community support is outstanding.
Bishopthorpe          Bronze Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Bronze    Summer Medal Position - Bronze

Introduction

Bishopthorpe has a lot to offer but needs the community to get on board as well as the support of
the Parish Council. It was pleasing to see the improvements made since our last visit in spring
with new planters by the school and library garden. Having driven round the housing areas of
Bishopthorpe you can see the work and pride people have in their gardens. Pubs have done a
good job floralising there frontages and this should be encouraged throughout the village.
Bishopthorpe needs help as an entry but needs its community behind the drive.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Good new planter by School. Library garden good and new planter in front of library breaks up a
large open space. Pubs have good quality hanging baskets and planters. Ebor and Marcia both
good examples. Private gardens well maintained throughout entry. Some good frontages along
high street.


Areas for Improvement

Continue to replace tubs along high street add extra height to floral displays. Get more
businesses on board. Check planters. Plants stolen from Library garden beds. Carry out
improvements to grass verges in Main Street. Difficult due to amount of parked vehicles. Show
whole of area. Lots more to offer.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Good wildlife habitats by Bishops Palace. Good wildflower meadow developing in grave yard. Old
School Hall needs work around it, Have banner removed from fencing. New planter improves
image of area. Tidy village clear of litter.

Areas for Improvement

Lots of vacant plots which need ownership and tidying. Replace old tubs / planters. Remove
weeds from rear of footpaths. Repair fence lines. Remove unwanted posters and banners. Have
people use the notice boards and advertise competition

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

First time entry into competition. Only been led by one person who needs help to put this entry
where it belongs. Get the community on board. Help from Parish Council and local community.
Set up a Bishopthorpe in Bloom committee to develop village. Everything is in place it just needs
co ordination
Areas for Improvement

Re assess route include, church grounds and halls. Brunswick Centre may assist as a base. Fund
raising initiatives need developing. Develop portfolio of events and achievements. Bishopthorpe is
an ideal village for entry to Yorkshire in Bloom but needs help and support from its community.



Haworth        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt     Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

In the summer months Haworth dazzles with an extensive range of colourful containers from
wooden barrels, old chimney pots to decorated car tyres and even a horse's cart. The support from
the In Bloom group is evident by these well maintained planters and shop window poster displays
designed by the school children. Watch out for the newly renovated areas at the top & bottom end
of the Main Street which the In Bloom group is involved and the work in Ebor nature reserve, both
of which will add to the judge‟s enjoyment.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The use of containers in very small areas has a powerful impact. The Black Bull pub has
produced and outstanding display giving a boost of colour to the community. The Main Street has
been made memorable by the excellent efforts of the villagers.

Areas for Improvement

In some areas there is a problem with weeds. Maybe this could be address with a weeding day or
suitable spray program.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The meadow behind the parsonage museum is a wonderful place to sit and relax or find out what
lurks in the grass from the many information boards dotted about. The school support for recycling
and environment issues ensures the children have a good understanding of their surroundings and
helps them look after it.

Areas for Improvement

The Ebor Nature Reserve shows promise and could be developed by extending the walkway.
The allotments around Haworth are well used and could be involved more in the judging route.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The enthusiasm and involvement of local businesses, shop keepers and local residents.
Areas for Improvement

Maybe the school, cubs etc could hold more activities within the village, to encourage the younger
generation to become involved in the In Bloom group.



Holmfirth         Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Bronze     Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

The layout of this picturesque, historic, tourist town affords a wealth of planting opportunities.
Advice given in Spring regarding providing a higher profile for heritage sites was acted upon and a
blue plaque trail with an accompanying leaflet has been produced. There was good advertising of
judging day throughout the town centre shops. The responsibility of the running of the In bloom
campaign rests with Tara, who tackles it with enthusiasm and dedication. The Council support the
Bloom effort and we hope this will continue as it brings many benefits to the town. Holmfirth has
the potential to progress further within the competition, but it needs a dedicated group to help
achieve this.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

There were many attractive hanging baskets and tubs, some of which were filled with herbs. The
white pelargonium at the entrance sign were a delight, Netherthong local primary school sported
an impressive garden of flowers, fruit and vegetables which is tended by the pupils and their
parents in an after school club. The residential gardens we saw were well planted and designed.
There was a pleasing perennial bed in the local park. It was pleasing to see that additional sites
had been identified as planting opportunities

Areas for Improvement

More attention to weed control needed in parts. There is scope for more sustainable planting in
some public areas and this could lead to less maintenance needs. Please think carefully about
choice of route to avoid duplication or including areas with little relevance to the criteria.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Holmfirth has a fascinating history and this is strength of the town. The street furniture and hard
landscaping was generally clean and litter free. The blue plaque walk has been completed and
many of the historical and cultural features have been highlighted with the use of tubs.

Areas for Improvement

Consider the creation of a wildlife area, in the park or sensory garden. It would be nice to see bird
boxes introduced to selected town centre green areas. Consider an identification poster of wildlife
using the river through the town centre. A greater use of mulches in parks would reduce weeds in
problem areas.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The enthusiastic approach to this initiative of Tara and Sue from the Tourist Office is to be
commended. It was pleasing to hear that a local competition is held for the best display by a local
business. Funding and support from the Council and private organisations is constantly sought.
Posters advertising Yorkshire in Bloom produced by school children were prominently displayed in
local shop windows

Areas for Improvement

Continue to work with Netherthong school to promote even stronger links and build on the good
work already started. Perhaps the garden competition could be extended to residential gardens.
This may be a way to discover new volunteers. Links and communication could be developed
through the press or a website or newsletter, This could publicise events and may also unearth
volunteers to further increase the effectiveness of the Bloom effort.



Hunmanby                Gold Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Gold    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The committee continue tirelessly under their new chairman to maintain existing landscaped areas
and create new opportunities and projects to ensure Hunmanby continues to move forward within
the competition. Hunmanby continues to go from strength to strength and has lots of exciting
projects to engage with during the coming autumn/winter months. The local school, allotments,
churchyard and Orchard Farm greatly support the overall efforts of the entry. Everyone is to be
commended for their excellent drive and commitment and we wish you well for the future.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Floral enhancements on the industrial estate. The sustainable planting at the railway station.
Crosshill - outstanding floral displays. Some excellent examples of residential gardens. The
churchyard was very well maintained. The overall standard of green space management.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to identify key locations along the main street to extend your floral barrel displays to
offset the loss of the hanging baskets (due to finances). Look forward to seeing the re-landscaped
garden of the community centre which is at the heart of the village.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Projects within the school are to be commended. The allotments are maintained to a high
standard. Crosshill and the churchyard. Clear absence of litter and debris. Overall well
maintained street furniture. Hunmanby Hall maintained to a high standard (including hard and soft
landscaping).

Areas for Improvement

Consider strengthening the interpretation of key wildlife areas. Look forward to seeing the
completed planting features at the recently refurbished Crosshill Memorial.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Excellent range of quality projects. Total commitment to the inclusion of all. Community
participation, including young people, to be commended. Some excellent aspects of all year round
involvement. Good range of fund raising activities. Publicity very good.

Areas for Improvement

Identify key projects to stimulate interest across all age groups. Keep up the good work in seeking
out a good range of fund raising activities.



Menston           Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Development continues to be a feature in Menston. Of special note is the work that has gone in to
restoring the Highroyds Chapel and grave yard. This involved gaining a lottery grant of £50,000
and getting work carried out by volunteers. This included skilled building work on the chapel. This
project is a fine example of what can be achieved by a few hard working people.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The annual/wildflower area at the rear of the hall provides a very good display. The railway
garden and the wildflower area are developing well and showing a good return for the effort
involved. The church grounds continue to be well maintained.

Areas for Improvement

Consider the effort time and cost compared to the impact achieved when planting bedding plants.
Some areas under signs and so on have little impact but must involve a lot of work. They do keep
a difficult area tidy but collectively the impact of all the very small groups would be greater.
The involvement of young people in a variety of ways through in bloom and school gardens is very
good.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement
The High Royds project is of course local heritage on a large scale. as well as a restoration project
it provides green space and more importantly acknowledges the local history of the hospital.

Areas for Improvement

There may be some potential to consider variable grass cutting heights to add interest to some
areas such as the graveyard. Monitor the new planting to ensure it reaches its full potential.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The group are excellent in every aspect of community participation. A display in the library
showcases their work, and attendance at a local meet the volunteers resulted in gaining new
members. Fund raising has gone well, the community is consulted about specific elements of
work when relevant. Other groups are involved to ensure the whole of Menston gains from the
work carried out.

Areas for Improvement

The group do very well in this area so please continue gain more members and keep up the good
work.



Messingham             Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Messingham benefits greatly from the local flower bed scheme organised as a partnership
between the Parish Council, the Local Authority and residents. The scheme has added 32
attractive and colourful floral features throughout the area enhancing both estates and the main
street.
The nature reserve is a great asset, a wonderful natural habitat for wildlife and a good example of
partnership working.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

We commend the community planting scheme and the floral planting to Messingham‟s entrance
signs. The war memorial looked lovely and benefited from an excellent choice of good quality
plants

Areas for Improvement

The main shopping street would benefit from encouraging greater support from local businesses.
We realise that financial support may be difficult so perhaps they could be encouraged to get
involved at a practical level by displaying Messingham in Bloom posters and sweeping their own
frontages. You might consider some sustainable planting, perhaps as a trial.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The environmental quality of the local playing field and improvements made to them. Use and
expansion of the local allotments and the encouragement of good water conservation practises
and recycling. Your plans to preserve the old school building and the character of the „old village‟.
We wish you well with their success, they have the potential to be a valuable community resource
The reserve is a fabulous resource that is very well managed, it was pleasing to see it being used
and thoroughly enjoyed by school groups.

Areas for Improvement

There was some litter and litter bins were overflowing, clearly people are using them and want to
do the right thing, but could you liaise with the Local Authority to improve emptying frequencies? Is
there scope to develop stronger links to your local heritage through promoting the history of the
village and its monuments and buildings

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

We applaud your use of social media and the parish magazine and for trying new ways to
communicate with residents. Messingham‟s success in attracting and organising a national
festival to the local playing fields and in organising a good range of well attended local events
Also your success in involving a wide range of residents in the flower bed scheme

Areas for Improvement

Remember to continue to expand traditional forms of communication for residents who are not so
comfortable with newer technology e.g. posters, displays etc. We would encourage you to try to
start a „Bloom‟ group, perhaps through an open meeting. We understand that this is challenging
but feel that with more residents on board to help with planning and co-ordination the entry could
lift to a whole new level.



Shipley Town Centre Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The team involved in Shipley really make a positive effect on the Town. This can be seen on the
clean streets, well planted beds and the market place. An example of the team work is the effort
put in to produce the lamp post banners. These were produced with involvement of young, old and
every section of the community in between. These are displayed in the market place where along
with the planting makes a vibrant centre, to the town. Examples of schools being involved and the
canal project, show the wide range of support within the town. The canal project draws on the
canal working with young people to enhance the canal, provide a range of experience for young
people connecting with wildlife and nature conservation. A general point would be to continue to
try to get some of the elements to enter in bloom in a relevant class to gain their own recognition.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Both parks are well maintained and planted out with bedding. The use of variable height for grass
cutting helps bio diversity and adds interest to a large grass area. The private gardens that are
seen from the street are a credit to their owners. The hosing association bedding display

Areas for Improvement

The quality and thus visible impact of some hanging baskets was variable. This is difficult to
change as they are provided individually and reflect the owners care and attention it is better that
the baskets are there but encourage better growing when possible. I am sure you will be
considering the impact of budget cuts as staff are removed from the area.            Continue the
development of the allotment site.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Street cleaning is to the highest standard, along with planned maintenance of seats and signs
mean the town centre is a credit to all concerned. The amount of green space and woodland is of
great value to the community.

Areas for Improvement

Highlight the work of friends of the woodland and its value for the natural environment.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The school posters around the town in A3 communicate well with the community. The market
place banners. The work the school is doing as part of its school programme.

Areas for Improvement

The community involvement is strong so it is a matter of as many as possible continues to
maintain it.



Stamford Bridge          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

A proactive and enthusiastic „In Bloom‟ group is the driving force behind this entry which receives
good support from the Parish and Principal local authorities. In spite of a challenging environment
(trunk road and flood defences) nevertheless the community continues to forge ahead in
enhancing its environs. A good balance is being achieved between the provision of floral displays
and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment. A big push in 2012 could well see
this entry challenging for higher honours.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Excellent support from the business community in particular the Bay Horse pub, fish and chip shop
and the hairdressers plus the Old Station Club. New three-tier planters at the bus stop. Some
very impressive front gardens such as that of Mr & Mrs Pottage‟s.

Areas for Improvement

There has been an improvement to the attention to detail since the Spring judging but one cannot
emphasise the importance of this if the entry has further aspirations.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Railway Trail is a superb natural resource. The provision of rain water collection facilities.
The electrically driven and delivered watering system. Self-help clearance of debris in the River
Derwent.

Areas for Improvement

Litter management especially alongside the flood defence scheme where two bins were located
adjacent to one another and no bin at the Old Mill end of the defences.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The sponsored hanging basket scheme. The local garden competition. The calendar of social
events associated with the Bloom.

Areas for Improvement

Expansion of the one category local competition to encourage more residents to become involved
such as: best hanging basket, most unusual container, etc.



Swillington        Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The Group have an infectious enthusiasm for what they are achieving and the community spirit
gives this area more of a village feel than town. There are areas that set a high standard of
horticulture with both seasonal and permanent planting, and the plans to encourage and increase
wildlife at the church are commendable for this small group.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The coordinated hanging baskets on the main road, combined with seasonal planters such as
those outside the church, and at the Green welcome the visitor to Swillington. The hanging
baskets on the gate at The Green of particular note. The permanent planting areas at St Mary's
Rd, Gregory Moakes memorial bench and Primrose House are well maintained and add interest.
The resident‟s planters and baskets at the bungalows at Church Close are an array of colour.
Public open spaces are generally well kept, along with the grounds of the Church. The allotment
gardens are outstanding. Floral contributions from businesses such as Room 8, the Launderette,
and the Post Office add colour around the town.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to encourage local business involvement, such as The Swillington Arms and Cost Cutter.
Consider the possibility of replacing the dead flax in the St Mary‟s bed with a decorative tree to
give it height, maybe this could be sponsored by the Parish Council or local business.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Great efforts are being made in the church grounds to improve wildlife and create habitats for
birds, insects and small mammals. The provision of a communal composting area at the church
and the use of locally donated mulch around the area in commendable. The winding wheels on
the entrances inform the visitor of Swillington's past life and proud history. The area was generally
litter and graffiti free

Areas for Improvement

A last minute check of the church composting area to remove litter from the night before would
have helped the overall appearance of this area and not detract away from the groups
achievements.
Consider using the Community Payback Team to refurbish the bench at St Mary‟s Bed. If
possible, liaise with local members with the view of getting the street cleansing team to give the
area an additional litter pick.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The involvement and support of the business community is a bonus to the In Bloom group. Links
with the Swillington Nursery, Dairygold foods, Room 8 and the trailer centre to name a few are
helping to sustain the groups goals and floral enhancements across the town. Yorkshire in Bloom
was prominent at the main entrances on judging day letting everyone passing by know what was
happening. The continued support of both the Parish Council and Local Ward Member with small
grants and sponsorship.

Areas for Improvement

Swillington in Bloom have all the traits of a focused group enjoying seeing their achievements
grow, and nurturing links with local ward members, the parish council and primary school over the
coming years will help to enhance their entry. For the Group to continue to enjoy the rewards of
their hard work and look to sustain the improvements made so far before moving on to larger
projects.
Category 2C: Town

Brighouse         Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver     Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

As in Spring, we were given a warm welcome by the 3B's and shown many and varied colourful
displays, from the largest bedding display in the district to beautifully maintained private gardens.
We congratulate Brighouse on the award of Green Flag status to both Wellholme Park and Bailiffe
Bridge Memorial Park. We recommend Bailiffe Bridge Memorial Park and Community Centre be
entered as a separate entry to Yorkshire In Bloom in future.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The areas of bedding, both at Wellholme Park and around the council offices were full of impact
and well maintained. The grass areas at Wellholme, Bailiffe Bridge, the council offices and Sunny
Bank Grange were also well maintained. There was interesting planting in the car park at
Parsonage Lane, it was nice to see the alliums seed heads left in place. It is encouraging to see
the increased use of perennial planting around the town: the bed at Bailiffe Bridge Memorial Park
was lovely and the plans for the John King roundabout are very appropriate. The green wall at
Wileys Leather Goods is very striking and looked in very good health - even attracting nesting
blackbirds! The vegetable garden at the canal basin is well maintained and it is good to hear it
being well used. We saw many well maintained front gardens around the town. Mr George Collins
has created an extremely colourful and beautifully maintained garden. We were pleased to hear
how Pennine Housing is supporting residents in the town. Many residents, including Marlene Lister
and Michael Goddard are to be commended for their efforts.

Areas for Improvement

The vegetable bed at the canal basin might be further improved with the addition of more herbs
and perhaps some cut-and-come-again salad crops. Areas in the town centre could be improved
with new planting schemes. The old rose beds on Halifax Road could be improved with a planting
scheme along similar lines to that proposed for the John King roundabout. It would be nice to see
more businesses supporting the bloom initiative by providing planters and baskets around their
premises. Continue working on planting around the various car parks of the town.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Both Wellholme and Bailiffe Bridge Memorial Parks were very clean, tidy and well maintained, with
good use of mulch the beds at Bailiffe Bridge. The measures to encourage wildlife in Wellholme
Park - the areas of long grass, bird and bat boxes, log piles and fallen trees left in the woodland -
are to be commended. The new garden at St Chad's School is making a good start with
composting facilities, water butts, birdfeeders and furniture made from recycled materials. The
streamside area at Baliffe Bridge is a real wildlife oasis in the area. A beautiful and peaceful place
for residents to enjoy.
Areas for Improvement

Keep looking for opportunities to provide habitats for wildlife, particularly around Bailife Bridge
streamside. In both parks and planters round and about the town, consider using insect friendly
planting. Perhaps examples could be created in the park of butterfly beds which town residents
might be inspired to try in their own gardens. Tubs and seating around the wharf area could
perhaps be painted. Perhaps it might be possible to target further weeds in cracks and wall bases.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Congratulations to the Bailiffe Bridge Community Association on the successful completion of the
Community Centre and glad to hear it is so well used. It is a credit to all the community involved.
A good start has been made to engage with St Chad‟s School, whose new garden has potential.
Sunny Bank Grange has a real community feel with many of the residents contributing. The
Penning Housing Edible Pennine Growsheet initiative is informative and useful, as is the
communal tool shed.

Areas for Improvement

Keep trying to develop business support, particularly in the town centre. Maintain the involvement
and support for St Chad‟s School and try to get other schools involved in future. Perhaps Sunny
Bank Grange can be encouraged to enter the It's Your Neighbourhood category in future. Consider
trying to involve local people in their own neighbourhoods, with the aim of widening the practical
base of support for the In Bloom projects. Consider a horticultural competition for businesses that
provide baskets and planters. Build on this competition year on year so that people know it will
come round and will be encouraged to take part. Equally keep a residents garden competition
running year on year. Keep encouraging local people to join in work parties in their areas.



Driffield      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Following a well planned route, it was good to see how things had developed. To meet people,
especially at Rafters and the Sidings and to visit the Millennium Green and the hospital. There was
a great community feel and the free strawberries were much appreciated! The judges were
impressed that the plants had been grown from plugs and felt a great deal was being achieved by
a relatively small number of people.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

      The use of plug plants
      Railway Station beds, the Sidings, the lavender beds, the display at Rafters
      The Hospital gardens
      Olivia's competition winning bed
Areas for Improvement

      The school visit showed real potential, but we felt they did not sell themselves and could do
       with support to maximise their efforts.
      An increase in sustainable planting could cut down the number of annuals required.
      Perennial geranium could be an option for the planters at the Sure Start Centre.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

      Millennium Green, the tarmac path and the boardwalk through the wet area.
      The large amount of Lavender and bee friendly plants
      The allotments were of a very high standard
      The schools comfrey compost
      Cemetery recycling area
      The overall the route was very clean and weed free.

Areas for Improvement

      Benches along the route needed painting
      Consider helping the school to build on what they are doing.
      Think of increasing water recycling
      Increase the number of "Take you dog mess home" notices.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

      Enthusiasm and hard work of the group
      Support from local businesses; Andy and the Sidings; NHS and schools.
      Newspaper articles
      Logos on clothing

Areas for Improvement

      We didn't see evidence of posters to advertise Judging Day
      Try to increase the size of the committee, to spread the load



Elloughton cum Brough           Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Elloughton Cum Brough is made up of two villages and has a very active and successful „In Bloom‟
group which promotes high standards of horticultural excellence and inspires pride within the local
community. The group are very enthusiastic and have worked well to improve public areas,
generate sponsorship, whilst encouraging local residents to improve there gardens. Elloughton
Cum Brough is an excellent entry to the In Bloom Campaign and continues to go from strength to
strength. A big thank you must go to Coleen Gill who assisted the judges by co-ordinating all the
additional special entries, so that the judges did not have to return to the area on a separate day.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

At the start of the tour, the judges were shown around the Spindlewood development, which
boasted a superb mixture of traditional and contemporary gardens. The judges were particularly
impressed with the entrance borders to the estate with the red, white and blue patriotic colour
theme to reflect the royal occasions in 2011. i.e. Royal Wedding and the Duke of Edinburgh‟s 90th
Birthday. A special mention must go to Bob Craft whose hard work and dedication was
demonstrated through his participation with the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Moving on to
Church Street, the Village Green was much improved from Spring, with the introduction of
seasonal bedding around the edges which was looked after by local residents. It was also good to
see that the Post office, the Powder Bowl Hair stylists, the Oddfellows Hall and St. Mary's Church
had all participated by putting on a summer display. In the afternoon the judges were impressed
to see the displays at the Half Moon Inn, We Care Vets and the Busy Bees Nursery which were all
superb. The new landscaping and seasonal planting at Brough Crossroads had really improved
the area, and the new 2011(MMXI)stepped planter was a welcome addition. Once again, the
judges would like to acknowledge the hard work put in by Val Young who has done a fantastic job
of maintaining and developing the Welton Road Flower beds. With regard to private gardens,
there were too many good ones to mention, but the judges would like to comment that Michael
Hoyle's garden on St. Mary‟s' Close was outstanding.

Areas for Improvement

The Village Green would benefit from the addition of a central feature, to give it a focal point.
Maybe something that reflects the history of the area, and the judges would like to have seen a
flower bed or feature at the police station on Welton Road. The spraying/chemical weed killing
treatment around the grass verges generally seemed a little bit excessive in places. The judges
were aware that it is the Local Authority who is responsible for this, but it may be worth the In-
Bloom group contacting the local maintenance officer to see if the standards could be improved in
the future. The judges noticed that some of the seasonal planters were very dry and some of the
bedding plants were suffering from drought. Although the judges appreciate that irrigation is
continually carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers, it may be worth considering planting
some drought tolerant species, such as Euphorbia in some of the more remote locations.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Again the Judges were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the Wolds & Riverbank Countryside
Society who is the custodians of the woodland area at Spindlewood. The group should be
commended for their contribution to the environment. The judges particularly liked the
management concept of introducing bird boxes, owl boxes, leaving log piles as beetle banks, and
the removal of invasive species such as ivy. They would also like to acknowledge the conservation
work carried out through regular flower counts and surveys. The judges particularly liked the open
views of the river at the Brough Haven Viewing area. The judges were pleased to see that the In
Bloom Group had been hard at work painting much of the street furniture throughout the area.
Again the judges liked the interpretation of local heritage and felt that by theming features to reflect
the Roman origins of the village, it gave the area a unique selling point for tourism.
Areas for Improvement

As with the Spring feedback, the judges felt that in terms of resource management the In Bloom
group still did not explain sufficiently how they were minimising the demand placed on the natural
resources of the area such as reducing the amount of water required for irrigation, ethical buying
and using peat free products etc. The judges would like to make a comment about the amount of
litter and weeds in the car park beds at Brough Shopping Units on Welton Road, as this area really
lets the rest of the village down and in particular the approach to the excellent Busy Bees Nursery.
The judges actually disregarded this area when scoring the rest of the village, as they thought that
if it hadn't been for the special entry at Busy Bees that the area would not have been included on
the tour, however, the judges felt that this area really does need attention in the future and it could
be something that the In Bloom group could influence.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The judges were privileged to meet the 'Toxic 5' Lifestyle Group who had put a lot of effort into
helping the In-Bloom Group with the planting of the flower beds in front of the 'Half Moon Inn' at
Elloughton Crossroads. Chris, George, Ben, Marcus and Kiren had managed to raise £270 so far
for Cash for Kids/Kids for Cancer. The judges would like to wish them continued success for their
project. It was really good to see the finished mosaics that had been produced by pupils at Welton
School as well as the mosaic that had been created by, Debbie, Lee, Victoria and Sarah who all
attend the Adult Services Group at the Petuaria Centre. The judges were pleased to see lots of
publicity around the area in particular the audio visual presentation on the TV screen in the library,
the highway advertising banner at Brough Crossroads and the Elloughton and Brough In Bloom
Team Newsletter which had been kindly produced and sponsored by 'Sound Solutions Design &
Print' The plant sale at the front of the shops at Brough Crossroads showed the continued
commitment for fund raising and raising local awareness of the In Bloom campaign. The judges
noted that Coleen and Linda had entered into the spirit of things by dressing in Roman Costume,
which was rather fitting and represented the local heritage of the area. Also other fund raisers
that deserve a mention is the Great Poppy Party Weekend held on the 10th, 11th, & 12th June,
and of course how can we forget the 'Naked Bloomers Calendar'. Finally Coleen Gill and her team
should be commended as they have managed to get 21 sponsors for their 2011 campaign as well
as the continued support of the local Town Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Areas for Improvement

It would be good to see the Newsletter displayed in some of the public places, such as the Library,
the Half Moon Inn and the Post Office. This is just a note to the group and is not meant to be a
criticism, but the newsletter was not evident in these places on the day of judging. It was a shame
to see that British Aerospace and East Yorkshire Bus Company are not as actively involved in the
campaign as they could be, as they are probably the biggest employers locally.



Garforth       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver     Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

On your visit to Garforth you are greeted by a very enthusiastic In Bloom group, whom are very
keen to show you how well the entry has developed over the last couple of years. Some of which
includes high quality planting schemes which catch the attention of residents and visitors alike and
complements the panoramic views from this pleasurable town.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The new Diamond Jubilee Garden with its mixed planting scheme next to the Lord Gascoigne
Public House which was full of colour and showed off what can be done with very little money, in
conjunction with other agencies (such as help from the community Payback Scheme). Watering of
the floral features done by the in bloom group around the town. The many good quality residential
front gardens along the route are a credit to Garforth. The allotments 100% full with a healthy
waiting list and very healthy produce.

Areas for Improvement

Carry on with plans for the new farming heritage feature outside the Gapping Goose Public House
and some appropriate planting to compliment this. Carry on with the development work to
encourage Green Lane School‟s nature garden. Garforth could consider splitting some of the
allotments that come up for let, into smaller starter plots to reduce the waiting list and promote
intensive growing in raised beds.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The bird boxes that was present at both Green Lane School and the Gascoigne site. Recycling
policy from Leeds Council was a good and comprehensive doorstep service. It was good to see a
local contractor supplying free woodchip to suppress weeds in shrub beds.            The Brownie‟s
Garden was of a very high quality, the planting colourful and looking very well since it was dug up
for mains supply problem after Spring Judging. It was a credit to all involved that rescued and
recycled some of the plants.

Areas for Improvement

Encourage Green Lane School to continue the development of the nature area and the Gardening
Club. Continue to develop the wild flower area along Selby Road. Encourage more businesses to
sponsor street furniture around the village like the Lord Gascoigne Public House has at the Jubilee
Gardens. Consider using a wetting agent like (washing up liquid) to conserve water whilst watering
the beds or mulch during the Summer to help the ground conserve water.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The number of sponsored planters along the route. The display/advertising of Garforth in Bloom
on the walled area at the Jubilee Garden. The many posters displayed in household windows on
the route were impressive and so numerous we stopped counting (well done for raising Garforth‟s
profile) The Garforth In Bloom news letter which is on its 5th addition.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to involve the Scouts and the Guilds with in bloom. You are building on the friends of
Garforth donation scheme which should make the group more self sustaining in the future.
Haxby Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

It was good to visit Haxby again and see the improvements the bloom group are carrying out
around the village. Having expanded the route it was good to see all the involvement of individuals
and community groups. Colourful private gardens could be seen throughout the tour and despite
the rain at the end of the tour we managed to see everything that the Bloom group wanted to show
us.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Colourful private gardens, businesses in Main Street are on board displaying hanging baskets and
planters. Planting of difficult areas and maintained by residents. The community garden is well
laid out and maintained by a member. Green spaces well maintained. Cemetery was immaculate
and well laid out. Good support from local supermarket for local projects including Bloom initiative
in Haxby

Areas for Improvement

Planting in High Street, royal wedding theme, but for future it will need plants to give more impact.
But good first time effort. Develop school gardening club with parent‟s very positive project.
Develop wildflower areas.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Good sense of pride of place. Haxby has much to offer. Good landscaping and well maintained
street furniture and signage throughout. Pond area well maintained and looked after. A very clean
entry which I believe is all year round and not just for judging. Managing vacant plots where
permission has been granted.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to develop and tidy pockets around village. Get community involved with planting and
ownership. Address allotments reducing waiting lists. Good site. Encourage more competition
between plot holders.


Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Getting schools to enter fuchsia competition on judging day. Never seen so many fuchsias in one
room and to a good standard. Community involvement good. All round activities to encourage
community to get involved and promote Haxby in Bloom. Good fundraising and business support

Areas for Improvement
Design best walking and driving routes around village to incorporate all areas of competition as
discussed. Develop portfolio and keep records of yearly activities and projects. Continue links
with schools. Get the message out to other groups in area for assistance. Do not rely on a certain
few you need help. Get message across on local notice boards. Posters etc. Continue to promote
Haxby in Bloom. A good job done by all involved.



Horsforth      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Horsforth has a busy main street with high levels of pedestrians and motor traffic movement,
however it is blessed by having a large park and many green spaces close to the town centre so
within the town you can fulfil your business or commercial activity and find a place for peace and
tranquillity.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The Methodist Chapel, Museum Gardens and the Day Nursery are all of particular note and a
credit to those involved.

Areas for Improvement

The grass cutting of the public areas could be significantly improved, leaving grass cuttings to rot
into the earth (creating a wildlife area).

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Achievements have been made on conservation, biodiversity and wildlife.

Areas for Improvement

As in spring, environmental quality and resource management are areas where more marks could
be achieved (Categories B2 and B4)

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The significant increase in the number of businesses supporting Horsforth in Bloom is to be
commended but this should not understate the amount of support work that others in the
community have contributed.

Areas for Improvement

To continue the progress that has already been made in this section.
Knaresborough        Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt      Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The view from Knaresborough House of the lower High Street is delightful – a real floral entry. A
good photographic portrayal of the 3 main pillars, well illustrated the achievements of all the „in
bloom‟ team. The Mayor and Mayoress took the judges round a well thought-out judging route.
The High Street has a mix of long window boxes, mangers and many well tended baskets on
business premises – „every little corner‟ has something! There is a very evident pride in
maintaining such a high standard of entry. The Mediterranean Garden is to be commended, as are
many other floral features – too many to list. Top Shops „Dawn to dusk‟ floral display is excellent.
Waterside is a delight with so many features, including the boat planter in the car park. The judges
were shown a wide variety of residential housing. At Low Bridge Caravan Park, 35 caravans in a
2½ acres quarry, present a colourful and orderly picture. Bebra Gardens are a credit to
Knaresborough.      The several Tromp l‟oeil‟s are a most innovative feature. The future projects
were explained. This is a very good entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Congratulations to all public houses for their colourful participation. The profusion of floral features
in „every little corner‟. Little wonder the Market Square attracts so many visitors. As always,
Gracious Street corner is to be commended – as is the Fire Station. Very well managed
allotments.

Areas for Improvement

Whilst many businesses have participated, such as the top Shops, others might be encouraged to
follow the example being set.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

For a town that receives so many visitors, the total absence of litter, dog fouling etc is to be
commended. The recycling station at Low Bridge Caravan Park should be mentioned. The school
children who met the judges already had a strong sense of environmental responsibility.

Areas for Improvement

It is hoped the „in bloom‟ team of volunteers continue to brighten up „all the little corners‟.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The „in bloom‟ team‟s involvement with Aspin School and St. Mary‟s School is most creditable,
further highlighted by the parental involvement.
Areas for Improvement

Knaresborough‟s presentation could be even further enhanced by a short presentation as
explained in section C4

Morley    Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver     Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

A warm welcome was received once again from the Morley in bloom group. Their enthusiasm and
pride of their town is evident no matter who you meet. There were numerous highlights across the
route, and some great work going on in schools that is to by commended.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The standard and colour of seasonal displays throughout the precinct and the impact of the
hanging baskets in the town centre, all one colour, was really substantial. The oasis behind the
Methodist Chapel, is a credit to June and her small band of helpers. There was a good choice of
perennial planting at the Beryl Burton Gardens; links with the schools and Groundwork on the
incredible edible planters add interest in the seating area. Community gardening at Siegen Court
has to be seen to be believed, it‟s a credit to Keith, Colin & Bob for all their hard work. Other
contributions to note along the route are the Police Station, Fire station, Hily Croft Fisheries,
Martins Jewellery Box, The Queens Hotel and David Hunts Florist to name a few. Scatchards Park
and Morley Bottom banking are notable public spaces, with quality planting schemes

Areas for Improvement

Consider entering the Chapel in its own right next year. Consider ideas for small improvements at
the area of open space across from Victoria school, standard of grass cutting and poor quality
roses let this area down.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The group deserve special credit for maximising the potential of the wildlife area and pond. An
outstanding achievement considering what it was before. General cleanliness across the town was
very good and the standard of street furniture has much improved over the last few years.

Areas for Improvement

If possible, consider liaising with Leeds City to bring slight improvements to the town centre
cleansing. It is frustrating to see cigarette ends under street furniture when the rest of the area is
well very maintained. Working with the new Vicar on the idea to create a wildlife area within the
church burial ground can only add to this entry.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The involvement of the primary schools across Morley and the encouragement from the staff and
MiB in the many projects the children are involved in. the new murals by the Morley academy
within the market entrance lift this passage way. The community garden work, initially started by
Keith, is an absolute joy to look at. The work put in by Keith and his neighbours is very
commendable and a first rate example of just what can be achieved. Excellent work between
Groundwork and the school on the planters by the cyclist's mural. It was good to see so many
planters outside the shops in the precinct, especially from businesses that you wouldn't
automatically link with horticulture. The New MiB banners depicting events throughout the seasons
were a colourful addition in the precinct

Areas for Improvement

Continue to support and encourage local businesses, their efforts within the town centre are
helping to make Morley a vibrant shopping experience.



Newby and Scalby      Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver   Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

This small dedicated group has a lot to challenge it. They are well supported by volunteer groups
who take responsibility for specific areas like Raincliffe Woods, but like most organisations need
more troops on the ground. The word is spreading with increasing support for the gardens'
competition and the annual produce show. Keep up the momentum as there is great potential in
this entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The allotments were productive with a wide range of healthy crops of vegetables, fruit and salads.
Some good areas of house gardens with bedding and sustainable planting schemes. The impact
of householders mowing roadside verges was most noticeable and commendable. It really showed
pride and appreciation of their environment. Some businesses had attractive floral displays.

Areas for Improvement

Concentrate efforts into specific manageable projects and maintain them well. This could generate
some casual help from local residents and green fingered children. Show these off next year to the
judges. Grass cutting is still an issue on council maintained areas. Perhaps the church grounds
could be included in the tour another year.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

There are environmental gems in this entry, namely the woods, sea cut and old railway line
providing leisure use. Composting in full use on the allotments. Recycling bins at the village hall
were clean and free of any surrounding rubbish. Streets were clean and free of graffiti, fly posting
etc. Ideas for heritage work and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are being planned.

Areas for Improvement

It is a shame that the allotment tenants are prevented from collecting rainwater by the land
owners.
Make the removal of the hedge around the tree and revamping that area a priority. It is one of the
focal points and good makeover here could generate more support with, perhaps, a very local
'Friends of ...' group keeping it tended.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Good cooperation with schools, both inside and out. We enjoyed meeting the children and being
given a guided tour of their environmental work. They were very articulate. The potato growing
competition is popular. The 'In Bloom' group have monthly admin and working meetings and
organise the annual 'Horticulture and Produce Show' which is now financially self supporting and
provides the group with some much needed funding. They have close ties with other specialist
horticultural groups. Volunteers garden at the Hospice and have created a most tranquil,
sheltered outdoor environment for patients and visitors.

Areas for Improvement

It is still felt that more recruits are needed to share the workload. Is it possible that some people
might help with a small project on their 'doorstep'?



Northallerton Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position - Silver Gilt

Introduction

Northallerton Blooming Together have upped their game. They are working hard at involving all in
the local community to improve the environment they live in, not only with more floral displays but
by increasing the number of biodiversity areas around the town. The Local Food Matters group is
an excellent project and the judges hope that it is taken up by other areas. Northdale continue to
bring in new ideas and projects and involve a variety of different sectors of the community. The
work of local schools and all of the local authorities was very plain to see. An excellent entrant,
keep up the good work.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The work been done at Applegarth School was very impressive and all involved are to be
encouraged to keep up the good work. The gardens of Castle Close were amazing and we are
sure they bring as much pleasure to the residents who work on them as they do to people who see
them. Mrs Buxton-Smitherngale garden and her work in improving the passage way behind her
home is an example to us all. The hard work of the Hospital gardener was evident to see and the
memorial garden was such a pleasant area for everyone to unwind. Maybe consider this as an
entry in its own right (Category 6) The many businesses that put up attractive hanging baskets
along or close by the High Street, such as the Black Bull, Bar 100, Golden Lion, Boyes, The
Standard pub and Barkers.

Areas for Improvement

Consider changing some of the bedding areas in the town, the less high profile ones, to perennials
to attract pollinating insects With the wealth of schools involved consider a category in the NIB
competition specifically for school grounds

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The work the in Bloom group is doing on biodiversity was very encouraging and we are sure all
Richard Furness‟s hard work will begin to make headway in the near future. The chickens at Mill
Hill School were lovely to see and it was so encouraging to see how the pupils were the ones to
look after them. The new planting had settled in well and was yet another asset to the school.
The judges were pleased to meet with Peter Cole and see the work he is doing with Local food
matters and were very impressed with the stone cross fruit project and events like the Produce
Swap. The visit to the waste site and meeting the representatives of North Yorkshire and the
onsite contractor was very informative. The new buildings around Northallerton are incorporating
the new technologies in their design such as solar panels, recycling of grey water and a wind
turbine.

Areas for Improvement

It was excellent to visit and hear about so many biodiversity projects across the town maybe a
leaflet could also be developed or some interpretation put up at the various sites. With all the
footpaths around the town and all its history maybe a leaflet could be made of some walks and
possibly it could be sold in local shops to raise funds for the Bloom group. Consider Litter picking
with local girls brigade. Consider encouraging dog walkers to pick up litter while out walking their
dogs.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Good to see the local businesses getting involved with the In Bloom such as the sponsorship of
the judging vehicle. The leaflet announcing Judging was a good idea and printing it back to back
with your garden competition was very well thought out. The visit to Northdale was extremely
interesting and seeing the 1940s garden was very informative, the Anderson shelter was a great
feature. The Adopt an apple tree project was a great idea along with the pumpkin growing for
Halloween. The involvement of schools was very impressive and is to be encouraged. Getting
children evolved and excited about nature and the environment they live in at an early age is very
important and all the schools we visited were doing this very well. Maybe there is an opportunity
for the local schools to share their experiences and resources and have a local forum either
through meetings or the web. With so many apple trees being planted around Northallerton
maybe there is opportunity in the future to have an apple day which would tie in with the Local
Food Matters project.

Areas for Improvement

It was felt that maybe there was room to involve more children‟s groups like Brownies, Scouts,
boys and girl brigades in some of your projects and by enabling them to earn their badges by
doing something like a mass litter pick or designing posters announcing the judging day. Consider
raising the profile of the group with a press call for the local paper or sending a photo of judging
day. Consider a Bloom Newsletter or add an article to an existing local newsletter to help publicise
the group and the events and activities.



Otley    Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Otley In Bloom is a thriving group with links into the community/church groups/traders/ local groups
and the council all of which adds sustainability to the group. It has to be said that the floral
displays that the group have delivered and the many other horticultural enhancements for the
people of Otley are of a very good quality. The Chevin adds a very good back drop to this very
good entry within the in bloom competition and makes this a very good entry in Yorkshire In
Bloom.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The 23 barrier planters situated around the town were full of summer colour, as were the hanging
baskets at the Buttercross. The addition of the disabled allotment was a very good addition to the
route and was very well maintained. The Floral displays at the Wharton‟s School were very good
and a credit to all concerned. The permanent/seasonal planting within Wharfe Meadows Park
were very well maintained and of good quality. The many businesses around Otley that have
good colourful floral displays are a credit to you all. The fruit trees freshly planted have already
gained another member to the group and I‟m sure more will follow.

Areas for Improvement

The bus station, one of the major gateways into Otley, has now got some seasonal floral planting
and more should be done to reflect the efforts made by the In Bloom group around the rest of the
centre.
The majority of front gardens along the route were well maintained it would have been nice to
meet one of the local residents to thank them for their efforts. The flower beds within Wharfe
Meadows Park would benefit from slightly denser planting.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The excellent interpretation boards throughout the town were full of interesting historical
information. The use of recycled compost at the disabled allotment and the many water butts.
The play area at Wharfe Meadows Park and the use of some natural play elements was of good
quality. The floral displays outside the Otley Clinic were of a very good quality and mostly grown
from cuttings and were attracting fauna to the site. The wild life area/allotments raised
beds/gardening club at the Wharton‟s School was very good and it‟s always nice to see the next
generation of bloomers.

Areas for Improvement

Some of the bench‟s at Wharfe Meadows Park were in need of refurbishment. There were some
weeds evident along the route mainly along the Wharton‟s estate, this should be addressed for
next summer‟s judging route. Care has to be taken with regards showing site‟s with little floral
interest within the town centre and with the old adage that sometimes less is more. Next year‟s
judging route should be closer to the specified time limit.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The in bloom display at the Methodist Church rooms was a credit to the group and gave you a
good idea of the amount for work the group have done for Otley over the years. The many posters
around the town and the support of the businesses have to be applauded. The group is growing in
strength and size which will help with future planned projects. The press coverage since spring
has been good and Otley‟s schools area increasing active in their own right.

Areas for Improvement

Try to work in partnership with Leeds City Council/Otley Town Council to seek funding for in bloom
banners on some of the street railing around the town to further raise the groups profile. Work with
the after school gardening club at the Wharton‟s School to further develop the wildlife area within
the grounds.



Pocklington     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

It is clear to the judges that this attractive market town has made significant progress over the
years it has competed in Yorkshire in Bloom. The overall impact within the town centre was
impressive but was let down by an absence of support from some of the high profile businesses.
The town has the potential to push for gold if the residents and the business community can fully
support the local „In Bloom Committee‟ by enhancing the committee‟s initiatives, and those of the
two local authorities, and truly embrace the ethos of the Bloom.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The abundance of hanging baskets in the town centre. The new WW1 memorial garden.
The churchyard with its sponsored lavenders. The Cross Keys public house and Chinese
restaurant‟s displays. The introduction of half-plots in the allotments leading to improved take-up.

Areas for Improvement

Support from the major banks with the exception of the HSBC. More opportunity to see residential
areas of the town.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Town Council‟s composting facility demonstrates good practise. In spite of judging taking
place on a market day there was an absence of litter, dog fouling and graffiti.

Areas for Improvement

Apart from the Burnby Hall Gardens there was little evidence of wildlife areas and natural habitats.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Excellent publicity re: judging day apart from the misspelling of a judge‟s name!          Proactive
involvement with the schools. Pocklington Town Council‟s enthusiastic support.

Areas for Improvement

The need to fully engage with the business community. Future proofing funding given the current
pressure on local authority budgets.



Rothwell       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

On entering Rothwell you are greeted with numerous Rothwell in Bloom planters which are all
colour co-ordinated. These add vibrancy to the town and are a credit to all involved. The local park
(Springhead) is well maintained with many good floral features. The group, under a new leadership
structure, have grown in strength since spring judging and have so much to offer the Yorkshire in
Bloom competition in the future.
Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Colourful coordinated planters which are full of colour and are planted and maintained by the in
bloom group. The well maintained grounds within St Mary‟s church which are much improved
since spring were of a good quality. The newly landscaped beds either side of the Avery –
Springhead Park are now showing a bit of maturity and complement the standard of the other floral
features within the park. The improvements to the herbaceous border to the front of the library are
a transformation since spring. The many hanging baskets around the town some paid for by the in
bloom group were stunning.

Areas for Improvement

Discuss with Leeds City Council reinstating several verges within Springhead Park. Now the
membrane has been removed from the Library frontage it could be time to introduce some
spring/summer bulbs to the site to complement the summer planting. Work with St Mary‟s Church
to add some additional summer/spring bulbs to enhance the site linking in with the youth groups.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The signage at the Avery was very informative. The inclusion of the pastures and its mixture of
habitats made for an interesting walk in a wildlife corridor on the edge of town. The press/local
coverage shown to the judges. The new Morrison‟s supermarket that will transform Rothwell now
the streetscape along Commercial Street is nearly complete.

Areas for Improvement

You could consider talking to the Parks Department about setting aside the river bank for wild
flower planting within the Springhead Park. This would include the rouging of non native species at
the same time. If the pastures are to be shown the dog fouling campaign would be better placed
before judging.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The signage advertising Rothwell In Bloom on the planter at Marsh Street. The Councils recycling
policy for households were to be commended within Rothwell. It was good to see the
encouragement of the youth at Haigh School as the excellent work being carried with the future in
bloomers!!

Areas for Improvement

Involve the local Junior School to design posters for in bloom which could be displayed in local
shops. These could be used to raise the profile of Rothwell in Bloom by placing them in local
shops around the town. It would have been good to see evidence of household recycling /
recycling centre on the route. I know that this group is under new leadership but more effort is to
be put into demonstrating all-year round involvement and funding etc.
Todmorden      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

We were treated to a very comprehensive and enjoyable summer tour of Todmorden despite
rather mixed weather. The sheer number of projects Todmorden in Bloom are involved with is
hugely impressive. The group should be congratulated for their part in the recently successful
funding application from The People's Millions. It is clear the group are helping to make a tangible
difference to Todmorden and there is clearly more to come in the future. We were glad to see a
town where all the various groups are cooperating for the good of all.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The barrier baskets and hanging baskets throughout the town were consistently of a high
standard. The residential display on Highcroft Ave by Douglas and Margaret was an absolute joy.
We saw lots of well kept residential front gardens. The Peace garden was an pleasant
horticultural oasis in the middle of a busy town centre. The sustainable planting featuring alliums
and grasses around the wharf area had lots of impact and were in keeping with the area. The
planters outside the market were sustainable and full of subtle colour. The Memorial garden at the
park was colourful and well kept. The well tended park vegetable garden is a great idea, which we
enjoyed looking at.

Areas for Improvement

We were shown two schools and it may be worth considering whether there was an element of
duplication, which could be avoided next time. Perhaps the schools could extend vegetable
growing throughout the age range, Targeting crops maturing after the school holidays might be a
good idea. At the park, perhaps the Friends group could become involved in routine tasks such as
hoeing. Perhaps helping to target beds running along the sides of the walls, inside and outside the
Memorial Garden.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Both Fearney Lee and Castle Hills school are pleasingly encouraging wildlife. We were pleased to
observe the use of peat free compost and water butts and we note the active involvement of
children with nature in general. The various art installations at Fearney Lee School fitted well into
their woodland environment. The group are saving water by using grey water on baskets in the
town centre where practical. It is good to see the cobbles retained around the wharf. The fish wall
art there has real impact. The town was pleasingly free of litter and graffiti.

Areas for Improvement

Keep working with the school to ensure paths are well surfaced and safely accessible in the school
wildlife areas. It was pleasing to note the use of fixed chicken wire on some viewing areas. The
introduction of leaflets detailing wildlife to be found around the park will benefit visitors. Try to
further encourage butterflies into the town centre planting areas by adding plants such as sedums
and buddleia‟s.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The well-documented success in helping to secure the People's Millions funding is a tremendous
coup for the "In Bloom" group and town as a whole. We were very impressed by the innovative
use of a market stall to let people know about the groups work. We clearly saw that the group
work hard throughout the year. Obviously, this will carry them forward far into the future. They
have exciting plans for the future which are being put into action in a determined manner. The
group are making great efforts to collaborate with other groups working for the good of
Todmorden.

Areas for Improvement

It is important the group continues to retain its own identity within the myriad of groups that exist
within Todmorden. Consider the use of wearing clothing with the Todmorden In Bloom group
advertising on it, when volunteers are working to further alert the public. Perhaps new volunteers
may then be inspired to help. Keep working with the schools to develop the growing of fruit and
vegetables. Keep encouraging local businesses to support the bloom initiative with baskets and
planters of their own or sponsorship plaques.
Category 2D: Large Town (12-35K)

Goole     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

On driving from the Goole boundary to the Sobriety Museum the new town entry signs, the well
tended verges and the lack of litter and weeds gives a very good first impression to any visitor to
Goole. The inclement weather did not detract from an excellent tour of Goole taking in so many
aspects of the town. Meeting with a range of contributors to the overall scene added interest and
useful information.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

It was good to see the links with Goole college, local business and the community but especially
the number of young people engaged in projects across the town. A feature of Goole is the large
acreage given over to allotments and the good standards of cultivation and housekeeping.
Floral displays are good, in particular the town centre hanging baskets and formal bedding
displays.
The Parish Church grounds were well planted up and maintained.

Areas for Improvement

It was disappointing to see weeds in the pedestrian areas and in other highway locations.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Goole is well served with wildlife areas managed by groups and volunteers. The East Riding of
Yorkshire Council's arrangements for recycling are to be commended with the usual bin collections
and recycling centres. The food waste collection systems are particularly good. The area is a local
heritage hot spot with so much to admire.

Areas for Improvement

It was disappointing to see so much rubbish in the underpass near the railway station.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The work with young people in such large numbers is highly commendable, in particular with
disadvantaged young people. Press coverage is good as are publicity materials. There is evidence
of year round activity and involvement of volunteer groups, individuals and the council.
Areas for Improvement

Areas with weeds and litter already highlighted above should be addressed (consideration needs
to be given to these hot spots when planning future routes). Consider for future competitions
gathering the in bloom representatives to meet the judges.

Pontefract Bronze Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Bronze     Summer Medal Position - Silver

Introduction

Once again the judges were given a warm welcomed by Brian Chappell on a fine summer
morning. The tour was much improved to include Pontefract Park and the Castle. The town centre
was again clean and tidy which was a real achievement as the liquorice Fair had been held at the
weekend. The sponsored flower bed adjacent to Asda added colour to the area. The bus station
was impressive again.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The historic horse troughs planted by the Lioness Group and the hanging baskets added colour to
the town centre. The vegetables grown at Halfpenny Lane School and Larks Hill School which
were being put to good use. The gardens at Prince of Wales Hospice, and at the Castle.

Areas for Improvement

It was sad to see empty flower beds around the town which has to be a sign of the times. However
if sustainable planting, which is more economical and environmentally friendly were in place it
would reduce the need for costly bedding plants.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Pontefract Park and its nature reserve with so many different areas of special interest. It was good
to hear about the liquorice fair and to see liquorice growing at the castle. It was good to meet Ben
Greenwood who explained about the re-cycling and how everything is put to good use. The
information vehicle is to be commended. The Re-cycling area was very clean, tidy and litter free.

Areas for Improvement

Ensure that Pontefract in Bloom is represented in the master plan for Pontefract Park, currently
under discussion. This will be a good opportunity to raise the profile of "In Bloom" and to help get
support and recognition.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Good relationships with the two schools and the hospice. The facilities in Pontefract Park which
are so well used by the community. The work at the bus station which is so important to the
community and to the town, creating such a good impression.
Areas for Improvement

Get more people involved with Pontefract in Bloom. More publicity is required which will help to
get support from businesses and organisations. Continue to work with Wakefield Council and
encourage them to enhance the area, thus benefiting the community and businesses



Pudsey    Silver Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

An excellent effort all round by this small but infectiously enthusiastic group. Considering this is a
small town the standard of cleanliness and tidiness is nothing short of remarkable. The
enthusiasm and efforts of the pupils and staff at Lowtown Primary School were simply exemplary.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The standard of grounds maintenance in Pudsey Park was exceptional. The 'Tripe Baths' garden
had a good variety of plants and colour and it was pleasing to hear some of the plants had been
grown by the group. The quality and colour of the planting at the 'Fire Station' house. The
Crimbles allotment site has a quaint quality to it and is well-managed with an excellent variety of
plants grown. Residential gardens at Spinners Close were very well maintained as were the
mixed beds outside Crimbles Place flats.

Areas for Improvement

With a continuation of the hard work that has gone before, Sparrow Park should look even better
next year, when plants have become more established. Consider felling the dead trees in Pudsey
Park

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

A Commendably clean and well maintained area. It was good to see the grass plot outside the
Fire Station cottage fenced off, as suggested by the judges in spring, and it made a big difference
to the overall appearance of this busy area. The new interpretation panel at the tripe baths was
another good touch. New links with spinners Chase group and the potential to help develop and
sustain with natural pond area.

Areas for Improvement

The small wildlife area in Spinners Chase has great potential. It will be a challenge, but with
working together it will be easier to apply for funding from bodies such as The Big Lottery Fund,
who could well provide monies to help sustain and improve the site. It might be were talking to
Groundwork Leeds to see if they may be able to assist in any way. Perhaps build on the already
excellent relationship Lowtown Primary School by involving the kids in some pond-dipping
activities. Also perhaps consider involving some of the Crawshaw secondary school pupils in
activities such as nest-box building and/or habitat management works. Consider approaching the
BBC and/or regional press with a view to highlighting the connection with Pudsey Bear of Children
In Need fame. Perhaps they would kindly sponsor a flower bed in the park, for example!

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The enthusiasm of staff and knowledge of the children at Lowtown Primary is wonderful, and the
opportunities for creating different habitats, and gardens within the school grounds. Contributions
from local business's and floral displays at the bus station, barrier baskets and those doing their
own thing such as Stroom and Chic Boutique are all adding to making Pudsey a vibrant town.

Areas for Improvement

Consider entering Lowtown Primary School in its own right in 2012. Consider placing an
advert/information sheet in the local library to publicise the group, or in one of the vacant shop
windows as wisely mentioned by Andrea.



Ripon Silver Gilt Rose Award          Category Winner

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Both the judges were amazed at the progress made by the Ripon in Bloom Group. The complete
commitment of the community in helping to raise the standard has had outstanding results. Ripon
boasts beautiful floral displays and superb parks and gardens, not to forget the pristine
Racecourse. The group has increased support from local businesses and they work well with
schools and with the 'Walled Garden'. They also are making good progress with numerous
interesting projects. They have indeed moved from strength to strength and are to be
congratulated.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The on-going project at Goose Common. The improvements at Temple Garden with the Rose Arch
and planting, a real achievement. An increased number of hanging baskets, barrier baskets and
containers in the Market Square (and in the shopping area) provided good floral impact. Many
outstanding floral displays outside the pubs such as; 'The Lamb and Flag', 'The Magdalens', 'The
One Eyed Rat', The Water Rats' and 'The Bull'. Excellent well maintained allotments at Fisher
Green. The Racecourse was pristine and the floral displays were absolutely beautiful. Special
mention must be made of the spectacular flowering telephone box. The magnificent flower beds at
Ripon Spa Gardens - where they won yet another green flag for the 11th year in succession. The
superb new play area and sustainable planting at the Spa Park obtained with funding.

Areas for Improvement
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Outstanding achievement and progress at the Workhouse Garden, safe guarding their Victorian
Heritage. The Canal Basin, the Canal Towpath and the Wetlands all very well maintained. The
overall appearance of the City was of a high standard - cleanliness throughout.

Areas for Improvement

The wetlands hide would benefit from a clean-up and information/identification boards.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The work at Holy Trinity School, especially by the pupils in the Gardening Club. The allotment
provided the ingredients for their Viking Stew - excellent idea. Moreover, their woodland received a
Gold Award this year. Increased support from local businesses, we loved the window display at
the Osteopath's skeleton pushing a lawnmower. Grants secured by various sectors.

Areas for Improvement

Implement the project, already planned, for Bedern Bank. Complete the project at Goose
Common, with the provision of picnic benches.
Category 3: Large Town (35-100K)

Halifax Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt   Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Once again the Judges were not disappointed with the first impressions of Shibden Hall, with its
wide range of visitor attractions, and well-maintained and diverse areas of shrubs, trees, and water
features. The town centre was vibrant with colour, including sustainable areas of shrubs and trees,
and is, as in spring, in immaculate condition. It is obvious that a great deal of planning and hard
work has been involved, and that different groups in the community had all played a part in
presenting a most attractive, colourful, and well maintained entry.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The Paisley Lawn at Shibden Hall is a blaze of colour, and the developing herb garden most
attractive. The Woolshops Shopping Centre's perennial border is now well established, as is the
sustainable planting on the A58 roundabout and at the Minster. The display at Fred Wade's
Bookshop in the centre of town was interesting, colourful, and informative. The Judges enjoyed the
visit to Shaw Lodge and Manor Heath Park.

Areas for Improvement

The Halifax in Bloom Group is developing small pocket orchards, perhaps these could be
embraced as "The Halifax Orchards", which may help to encourage sponsorship.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The town was again free of litter and graffiti, and the Halifax in Bloom Group and everyone
involved are to be highly commended. The wildflower margins in Shibden Park show promise, and
the use of recycled green mulching on the allotment site shows good resource management. The
street furniture was clean and well maintained. Congratulations on achieving 45% recycling of
domestic waste, the Halifax in Bloom could raise this to 50%.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to explore further opportunities for allotments, with encouragement for participation in
"Halifax Orchards".

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Again the Judges were impressed by the obvious involvement of the wider community, including
businesses, volunteer groups and organisations, and the local authority. The creation of a
Constitution for the Halifax in Bloom Group is a good and useful step forward, and is to be
commended. The contribution from the Payback Team was again evident, from the many hanging
baskets to a wide range of other projects. Well done.
Areas for Improvement

The large, attractive banners around the town publicising Halifax in Bloom could perhaps be
adapted to promote Yorkshire in Bloom, raising awareness of its involvement to the local residents
and to businesses.



Harrogate      Gold Rose Award        Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold       Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Our second visit to Harrogate confirmed our Spring impressions of a colourful, well maintained and
vibrant town. The route was well planned, and thanks must go to the In Bloom Group for an
interesting, enjoyable and informative visit.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Hornbeam Park was noteworthy for its very well presented commercial environment. The town
was bedecked with colour, floral beds, baskets and tubs, both in the public and private sector. It
was a pleasure to visit.

Areas for Improvement

Well done on replanting the New Zealand Garden. It may be helpful to have a planting plan added
to the existing information panel.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Rossett Acre Nature Reserve with its different ponds and crested newt population was a
pleasure to visit. The use of mobile recycling vehicles is a bold initiative. The nectar rich planting in
the Valley Gardens and Pierhead is to be commended and hopefully copied.

Areas for Improvement

Perhaps a few more benches in the Rossett Acre Nature Reserve would allow people to pause
and reflect.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The number of ongoing projects is impressive, well done to all concerned. The displays of
photographs and media reports showed the extent of activities, and the support from the wider
communities.
Areas for Improvement

Keep up the excellent work! Perhaps an "Olympic Trail" round the Valley Gardens, identifying
plants from countries entering the 2012 Olympics could be an added attraction.
Category 4: City

Barnsley       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt     Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The very high standards set in spring have clearly continued and the commitment by the local
authority, residents, friends groups and the general public are to be commended. The hard work
of officers, individual community groups and schools is really paying off and there is a strong
sense of community pride wherever you go within the town. Residential areas were very well
maintained and there were a number of excellent contributions from individual householders along
the judging route. (For example at No 1 Needlewood). The Berneslai Homes Garden Competition
clearly provides an opportunity for residents to get involved in how their estates look. There were
also many local authority sites throughout the town that had been developed in collaboration with
the public, with the addition of children‟s play and other improvements and which indicate a long
term commitment to the community. These sites were complimented by a good proactive
maintenance regime. Barnsley is also fortunate in having a number of major attractions such as
Cannon Hall and Worsborough Mill that add to the visitor experience. The judge‟s time spent at
Barnsley this year has been thoroughly enjoyable.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The high standards of maintenance to the towns green space was evident throughout with
residential, business and local authority open spaces and parks all contributing to the entry in a
very positive way. Very good examples were witnessed, ranging from the small Cooper Garden,
the newly developed Churchfield Peace Garden through to larger sites such as the Barnsley
Crematorium and Kendrick Hospital which were all excellently maintained. The council is to be
congratulated on how well the landscape is managed in this very difficult financial climate and
judges applaud the officers and politicians for their positive commitment to the environment and to
the public of Barnsley. The Adult Services Allotment Initiative is a clear commitment in enhancing
the lives of a diverse group of people. Their Fit 2 Dig initiative is in its early stages but a long term
commitment to a successful community allotment scheme is evident. A number of traffic islands
along the route boasted a good mix of seasonal bedding and sustainable planting and
complimentary artwork in the landscape at strategic locations. Continue the positive commitment
to the enhancement and maintenance of the landscape.

Areas for Improvement

The impact of the very high standard set in spring of the seasonal displays was not as evident in
summer. Judges appreciate the very difficult dry season which has affected the quality of plant
material and flowering displays in a number of areas. Dead heading may have helped but it is
appreciated that without wholesale irrigation (which is not advocated) some of the bedding areas
were not at their best. However, baskets and containers within the town were looking well.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The high level of cleanliness witnessed in spring was again evident throughout the town centre
and districts. The Councils graffiti and fly tipping initiatives are very proactive with quick responses
to problems by engaging the public in actively reporting issues as they arise. Barnsley has
significant visitor attractions with Cannon Hall boasting a large country estate with rolling
landscape, formal gardens and unique kitchen garden area. This valuable Council asset is well
supported by its active friends group and a very keen and proactive facility management. The
Westborough Mill is yet another excellent heritage site with its active mill attraction and
environment. The recruitment of a full time biodiversity officer is a very positive step and judges will
be keen to see how this role develops in the future.

Areas for Improvement

The town centre is undergoing anticipated changes and there will be significant opportunities to
enhance the Streetscene when plans are being implemented. More detail of the proposals for the
town would have been useful for judges to witness the commitment for its regeneration. However,
Barnsley is not sitting back on their laurels and they understand the need to keep the momentum
going with initiatives such as the new litter bins and the Civic Trust Shop Awards.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Year round participation and achievement is clearly evident and there is no doubt that the Council,
the local In Bloom groups and other organisations are committed to a cleaner, greener Barnsley.
The local groups, for example the Ardsley Resident Group, are providing a positive contribution to
how Barnsley looks and feels and there is a clear sense of civic pride throughout. Good support is
provided through local media on the annual events promoting In Bloom initiatives and other
general environmental enhancement projects by numerous schools and groups.

Areas for Improvement

Once the town centre regeneration is completed it will be crucial to continue to work with the civic
trust and local businesses to promote and extend the work that they have already established. The
entry will be significantly enhanced once these improvements have been implemented.



Kingston-upon-Hull        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position – Silver      Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Kingston upon Hull is a beautiful city with a long and proud maritime history. This is reflected
wherever you are in the buildings and the fabric of the town. There were many highlights of our
summer tour and we were made most welcome by everyone we met. It was obvious to the judges
that Hull people are proud of their city and are very keen and enthusiastic to look after their
heritage for future generations.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The judges saw evidence of excellent support from a number of businesses across the city –
particularly noted were the number of public houses blooming up. Overall, the quality of sponsored
roundabouts and barrier baskets was very good. The Clock Bed in the city centre was also very
well planted and maintained as was the area around the museum at Wilberforce Court. Generally,
areas of community planting were very good.

Areas for Improvement

The judges would have appreciated a stop at an allotment site and also at Queens Garden as this
may have added some variety to the tour. Queens Garden was a highlight in the spring and some
thought should be given to including both elements in future Bloom judging tours. Generally,
maintenance of grass areas across the city was poor and while we understand the economic
pressures that all Local authorities are under, perhaps this is something that could be looked at for
the 2012 Yorkshire in Bloom season.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Very good recycling facilities were seen at Wiltshire Road and evidenced in the portfolio.
Boulevard Fountain was a very good and unusual example of Hull‟s heritage. Perhaps some
thought could be given to increasing the quantity of sustainable planting here and in other areas of
the city to reduce costs of seasonal bedding and to increase all year round interest. Noddle Hill
and Oak Park are very good examples of wildlife areas that are accessible to all and a very well
used resource by schools and local people.

Areas for Improvement

There were large amounts of kerb weeds and litter seen. However, it was also noted that some
effort had been made to clean up areas of graffiti seen in spring, particularly at East Park.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The Rainbow Garden was truly inspirational. The work done here by the volunteers led by Jeannie
Webster was great to see and we would strongly recommend that this element is included in every
tour! It was lovely to meet a wide range of volunteers working hard for their individual projects and
their city. Without exception their enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Areas for Improvement

There was very little evidence of press coverage of bloom activities across the city. Maybe this
could be considered further as increased publicity will only help to further the aims of Hull in
Bloom.



Leeds    Gold Rose Award              Category Winner

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt     Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

Leeds have put forward an impressive entry into the 2011 competition, for spring the focus was on
the community, the varied range of participants and also wide distribution across the city
boundary, it is clear to see the positive effects of Leeds in Bloom, in a variety of projects, some
new and some well established that are led and enthused by the community, with solid support
from the Leeds in Bloom team. Summer judging provided the opposite end of the bloom spectrum,
with strong civic support for bloom and the positive outcomes of bloom in the city from the Mayor
downwards and the impact on the city centre as a whole council projects, business projects, grant
funded developments. Bloom has great significance in Leeds across all sectors of the city, with
many more developments in the pipe line.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The city was awash with outstanding, coordinated floral displays, provided by the council, many of
which were sponsored, notably the recent dry weather conditions had not had an impact.
The approach taken by Leeds General Infirmary to combat budget issues has produced quality
perennial displays with an emphasis on texture and foliage that offer staff and visitor‟s good quality
horticultural displays all year round. The panoramic views across the city from the roof top garden
were impressive, as were the displays created amongst challenging growing conditions.
All of the parks and open spaces viewed were maintained to high standards, including Park
Square with manicured lawns and floral displays designed by local school children, surrounded by
window boxes provided by local businesses. The developments at Victoria Gardens, supported by
M&S 125years celebrations have transformed the area with an impressive attention to detail to
bring local products to the garden and interpret the space for visitors, the judges look forward to
returning when the gardens are complete. Business sector contributions within the City centre,
such as the Scarborough Hotel and those at the Park Square area greatly enhanced the entry.

Areas for Improvement

The planned work to the external areas at St Johns Shopping Centre was positive although much
more interpretation and information on the proposals would have been very useful. Judges were
very interested in the St John Church development work which will clearly provide a much more
usable space for visitors and the general public when completed. It is very positive to see new
projects such as this being developed and which will be an asset to the City in the future.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

High levels of cleanliness across the judging route was evident, as had been during spring, in
particular the town centre area, where much of the morning was spent was found to be spotless.
A very enjoyable visit to Hawthorne Farm, a green oasis in the outskirts of Leeds, not visible from
the busy ring road, good to view grassland management practices in action and enjoy with local
school children bug catching with nets! Pride of Leeds was evident throughout the whole day,
from the Yorkshire sourced street furniture at Victoria Gardens and the local interpreted sculptures
and street furniture throughout the town centre, to Victoria Quays where the cities brewing history
has been illustrated in sculpture.

Areas for Improvement

An informative display with regards the cities recycling activities was viewed at the Victorian
Quarter, however, it was difficult to obtain the full picture. The Judges are aware that both the City
as a whole and Parks Department have various methods to deal with household, green and food
waste, more pictures and information would be useful to confirm this.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

Welcomed by the Lord Mayor, meeting children who designed flower beds and lunching with
Leeds in Bloom sponsors it is clear that Leeds in Bloom is a well supported campaign with a year
round programme of activities. The participation of large numbers of the City‟s residents is evident
through friends groups, local in bloomers and school children and a particular strength of Leeds
entry to the competition.

Areas for Improvement

Leeds are very successful in ensuring that the In Bloom initiative does not become stagnant so
please continue the momentum to ensure that the outstanding achievements reached to date
continues in the future.
Category 5A: Coastal Resort A

Filey   Silver Gilt Rose Award          Category Winner

Spring Medal Position – Silver Gilt    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

Our judging tour commenced with a warm welcome and formal announcement by the Filey Town
Cryer and his companion in a manner that left no one in the High Street in any doubt that
Yorkshire in Bloom judging was taking place. The Filey in Bloom team, the Friends of Filey Park,
the Local Authority and representatives of other organisations have achieved much for the town
with splendid results.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

Excellent Crescent Gardens with many well-maintained and colourful displays of seasonal bedding
and perennial plantings, including one of vegetables. Similar colourful displays in Northcliffe
Gardens, with a collection of many species and varieties of Hydrangeas, The Memorial Gardens,
Scarborough Road roundabout, and the barrier baskets in the town centre. The private gardens
were generally of a high standard. St John‟s churchyard maintained by a dedicated group of
volunteers

Areas for Improvement

Though there were some very good examples of floral features at some hotels and guest houses,
the town centre could be further enhanced if more businesses participated by providing floral
features on their premises. The hard surfaces of St John‟s churchyard were weedy and detracted
from the high standards elsewhere in the grounds. Some consideration might be given to
incorporating year round interest to rose beds (planting of evergreens). Further encourage the
Junior School in their plans to develop their growing programme.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

Once again our visit to Filey Dams was very informative, being shown different aspects of the area
and its habitats and how this information is relayed to children and other interested groups. It was
good to see the new recycling centre in the centre of the town with easy access. There were many
examples of the local heritage, the latest being the Fisherman‟s sculpture (part funded by Tesco)
and the carved wooden Sculpture „Plesiosaurus‟ which will add further to the proposed Sculpture
Trail. It was good to note that the street furniture had been attended to. The allotment for young
people set up in conjunction with Home Housing association and funds from Filey in Bloom.

Areas for Improvement

There had been some improvement to the area adjacent to the railway crossing; some
consideration should be given to its long-term sustainable development and future maintenance.
The Sculpture Trail is a great idea, which will bring together the many facets of the heritage of the
town.
Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The planning and development of the Bloom initiative in Filey is working well with the involvement
of various groups. The involvement of Filey School (Technology College) is commemorating their
50 years by designing and planting of a flowerbed depicting their school badge. Sponsorship
funding by Tesco and income from the wishing well and other events.

Areas for Improvement

Continue to develop links with the schools both Primary and Secondary. The young people seem
to have ideas that they would wish to implement for the benefit of the environment of their
community. Continue to foster and encourage the business community to become directly
involved, as we believe that the visual effect of the floral initiative has an impact on the economic
viability of the town.



Hornsea Silver Gilt Rose Award

Spring Medal Position - Silver    Summer Medal Position – Silver Gilt

Introduction

The summer visit to Hornsea was very stimulating, vibrant with colour coming from tubs and
hanging baskets outside various business premises. The judges noted that optimum use had
been made of the banner to inform residents of their involvement with Hornsea In Bloom (H.I.B.)
The judges were met at Hornsea Freeport and it was a pleasure to meet Christine and Beatrix
again. We enjoyed the company of the Mayor Cllr C.Milson and the town clerk Colin O'Conner and
members of H.I.B. over a pleasant lunch.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The judges were impressed with the stunning display of tubs and hanging baskets at the hospital,
Edenfield Cemetery and along Newbegin, but a special mention must go to Hornsea Freeport who
had made exceptional use of bedding plants in their hanging baskets and seasonal displays. The
Marlborough Avenue roundabout is an excellent development and it has created an impressive
entrance to Hornsea. The judges liked the colourful and interesting planting in the Morrow
Avenue‟ sunken garden' and were pleased to be introduced to members of the H.I.B. team. A
special mention must go to Hazel Evans, Linda Lee and Christine Sumner for all their hard work.

Areas for Improvement

On the drive past at East gate corner the judges noticed that the paths around the planters were a
little bit weedy, which distracted the eye from the visual impact of the displays. It may be worth
having discussions with the local Authority to see if weed control methods could be improved in
future                                                                                        years.
The planters on the green space at the front of Greenway Stores provided by the East Riding of
Yorkshire Council would have benefited from higher planting and dot plants, as the bedding did
seem to be a little bit lost. It may be worth considering grouping these planters together in future
years, to maximise their impact.
Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The Atwick Rd. allotment composting scheme was most impressive . The sharing of the mature
compost with the local residents and allotment tenants made for the best practise in resource
management. The wild garden was an innovative addition to the site and provided a haven for
wildlife, as well as providing a tranquil area for allotment holders to meet, exchange plants, swap
seeds and share ideas. The judges like the use of native willows near the play area at Hall Garth
Park to overcome the flooding issues within that area. The Alms Houses on Newbegin looked
particularly pretty and complimented the period architecture of the properties. The judges were
particularly impressed with the 'Walk the Distance Project' which encouraged people to walk along
the promenade taking brass rubbings of native birds in the area. This project not only encouraged
people to participate in gentle exercise, but also educated participants in the natural fauna of the
area.

Areas for Improvement

The judges felt that the hard landscaping work that had been carried out on the Marine Drive
Promenade in recent years was a credit to the Town, however, on the day of judging there
appeared to be a lack of regular maintenance which had resulted in a rather a large build up of
weeds, litter and detritus.

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The resident gardens were well kept especially along Trinity rd. lots of colour in neat and tidy
gardens. We were privileged to be introduced to Mr. David Foster, business sponsor for the
resident garden competition whose sponsorship will have greatly assisted in improving the
standard of the resident's gardens. The Town Clerk outlined a number of potential future projects
which will support H.I.B. development and continuity, which will reinforce the strong support they
have from the local Town Council. Community involvement was very much in evidence, and there
was great support coming from Hornsea Freeport and Long Beach Leisure Park, particularly with
the 'We are supporting Hornsea in Bloom' promotional sticker scheme.

Areas for Improvement

The judges would have liked to have seen stronger links and engagement with the schools and
other young people‟s organisations. Although there is a lot of community support in Hornsea, it
would be nice to see the H.I.B group recruit some additional active members to assist them to
progress and continue their excellent work.
Category 5B: Coastal Resort B

Scarborough      Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Spring Medal Position - Gold      Summer Medal Position - Gold

Introduction

The work of Scarborough in Bloom and local volunteers play a critical role in making the coastal
resort floral and welcoming to visitors and their perception of their visit. A good visitor experience
will result in repeat visits and will aid the local economy. Floral traffic islands with wire sculptures
along the main road routes to the town centre, beautiful containers within the pedestrian areas
backed up by a good street cleaning add to the quality of the entry. The three flower beds within
valley gardens were spectacular from Valley Bridge it was good to meet the young designers
during our visit and the schools involved. The work of the volunteers in the maintenance of all the
commemorative seating on the Esplanade and throughout the Town Centre was outstanding. The
projects achieved in Old Town and the Suttleworth Gardens were outstanding and demonstrated
what local people can achieve when they are mobilised and work together. The self managed
Allotments at Sandybed and the work carried out by the management committee not only to
manage the lettings for the site but the work they have done to make the place more colourful and
their contributions to wide Scarborough in Bloom initiative has to be commended. We were very
impressed at the progress made by the Friends of Dean Road Cemetery with the wildflower
boarder and their plans for the restoration of the Cemetery chapel which will provide a community
meeting place for the local area and transform the landscape and dynamics of the Cemetery whist
preserving a valuable historic building feature of the Town.


The introduction of Green burials in Woodlands Cemetery within the new meadow area which we
visited needs careful through to achieve the public‟s perception of Green Burials we feel it will
difficult to achieve a colourful developing natural meadow with family burial spaces and it may be
more practical to develop singe burial spaces for the site.


Scarborough in Bloom are working in Partnership with many groups, local businesses Hotels and
all age groups and are a catalyst to improve the town and landscape and built environment of the
area. The local authority and tax payers are very lucky of the work which is achieved especially at
a time of Public sector budget reductions. The local councils may have to put a support system in
place to facilitate and encourage a greater role for the voluntary sector to play in the future.

Section A: Horticultural Achievement

Areas of Achievement

The children‟s flower bed competition involving local schools in the design and practical planting of
the beds. The children we met were very enthusiastic and will remember their first experience in
gardening. The colourful displays in Old town how they have now spread through the area with
more people becoming involved and taking a pride in the small garden spaces. The town floral
traffic islands with wire sculptured features complimented by the use of bedding and sustainable
planting.
Areas for Improvement

Greater involvement of the larger retailers and out of town shopping areas. Explore corporate
volunteering with some of the towns larger businesses as this may be a way of getting additional
floral features planted. Yorkshire coast housing could play a greater role in Old town by developing
partnership schemes and floral improvements in the area.

Section B: Environmental Responsibility

Areas of Achievement

The fishing heritage and wire sculptures used in the floral features throughout the town. The
quality of the street scene improvements around the busy harbour area and the restoration of the
Peasholm Park Railway entrance and open air theatre. Scarborough in Bloom promotional
caravan trailer display giving the group an opportunity to get the in bloom message out to the
wider community area

Areas for Improvement

Better management of vacant shops units in the town centre possibly using these for displays
Community art or in Bloom. This would up lift the area and avoid the run down image of vacant
premises in the shopping area. We would have liked to see more information and understand what
the local authority is doing in terms of waste reduction and reducing its carbon foot print

Section C: Community Participation

Areas of Achievement

The press call with the Mayor and a number of representatives from some of the volunteer groups
working in the town. The Trafalgar Square project has demonstrated the wider benefits the in
Bloom project and bring to reduce anti social behaviour, improve living conditions for residents and
make the area safer

Areas for Improvement

Future funding for the many groups will be a big challenge, the local authority needs to consider
ways of helping and supporting external funding bids in order to retain the benefits these groups
and making to the success of the town. We would like to see the traffic island and sponsorship
opportunities transferred to Scarborough in bloom group for them to maximise the potential
funding this could bring to maintain the floral feature that all visitors to the town enjoy.
                       Yorkshire in Bloom
                                       2011
                                 Judges Comments

                                   Categories 6 - 12

Category 6: Public and Private Charitable Establishments



Abbeydale Residential Home, Ilkley        Gold Rose Award             Joint Category Winner

Introduction

The large Victorian house and the newer extension sit in a well manicured garden. The large
numbers of trees provide dense shade which creates some problems. The owner sees the garden
as important to the operation and In Bloom has a separate sheet within the marketing pack. The
maintenance of the turf is very high and would not be out of place on a golf course.

Areas of Achievement

The overall impact of the planting and turf maintenance. The options for residents to carry out
some gardening/growing on site. The care with which the site is maintained.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to cope with the trees whilst they may be a site problem the overall improved visual
impact on the road is positive.



Barnsley Hospice     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Barnsley Hospice is set within an ideal location for its purpose with maturing grounds and clearly is
a centre with ongoing improvement plans. Each of its clients has the opportunity to enjoy individual
outside space or alternatively a newly constructed communal outdoor landscaped feature. The
Hospice is a busy centre and is limited for space but it takes every opportunity to cram as much as
possible into the site with floral features throughout. The vast numbers of active volunteers are to
be commended on the work they do with developing and maintaining the external landscape, ably
assisted by a small number of dedicated staff.

Areas of Achievement

The site has had undergone extensive external building works as part of a phased programme
which has included a modern courtyard landscape feature. Once matured this feature, along with
the newly developed garden area, provided through the help of Yorkshire Bank staff, the outside
spaces will be greatly enhanced. The rear of the site has been greatly improved with the new
seating feature used to disguise the drainage manhole. The site was well maintained to a very
good standard.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Judges recognise the upheaval that the Hospice has had with the new build and the changes
required to the grounds. The new features will improve as they mature and hopefully with more
favourable weather condition in future the external plantings will be improve. Thought should now
perhaps be given to dealing with environmental initiatives such as the recovery of rainwater to
reduce reliance on mains water.



Barwick Church      Gold Rose Award         Joint Category Winner

Introduction

A delight to see such well maintained and colourful church grounds. Such a dedicated group who
not only work so hard but are also raising their own funds - they deserve their Gold award!

Areas of Achievement

Such a great variety of planting - cleverly worked out for each area. A lot of planning in the design.
Grass maintenance of an extremely high standard. New wall and ramp are well executed,
attractive and functional. The scrap metal recycling project is clever idea and helps with funds

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The planting under new wall will further enhance that area. The additional planting of more
sedums in the Laurel bed will look good in that part of the grounds



Barwick Methodist Chapel Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Wow! what a splash of colour - especially on a wet morning. The area was very well cared for - a
credit to George and his helpers!

Areas of Achievement

The quality of the Begonia Semps was exceptional and so well cared for! Over 700 plants we were
told!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The side garden with shrubs etc is interesting and gives room for expansion. The tub at entrance
would benefit from a coat of stain
Donisthorpe Hall, Leeds       Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Donisthorpe Hall benefits from a back drop of mature trees, giving the garden spaces around the
site depth. A welcoming impression is given to visitors on arrival and it‟s evident that both staff and
management are proud of their achievements, which in turn gives much pleasure to its residents.

Areas of Achievement

The welcoming entrance and colourful remembrance garden. The number of different garden
rooms available for residents and families to sit and enjoy. The use of colour across the site from
both seasonal and permanent planting schemes. The treatment of green waste generated around
the site and the use of plant material by the Floral group within the hall. The addition of art work in
the landscape such as the pebble mosaics and the fairy sculpture. The continued donations and
support from families and the availability of spaces where residents that are able, can potter.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To continue to support residents that wish to get involved in aspects of gardening around the hall.
Continue to pursue the ideas being discussed on how to use grey water more effectively.
Plans for the woodland garden will add to this entry and help to increase diversity and the plans to
incorporate water into the site will help to create another tranquil space. May be look to evidence
spring displays for next years judging.



Grimston Court Residential Care Home, York           Gold Rose Award

Introduction

What an excellent Residential Care Home and Gardens. Well laid out sprawling lawns, Patio area
baskets and planters. There are lots of private corners for residents to sit and enjoy the peaceful
surroundings. Pleasant drive up to house with well laid out entrance area. A very pleasant and
credible entry.

Areas of Achievement

Good standard of maintenance and quality plants with only one gardener. Grounds all in good
condition. Begonias at front of care home looked well and attractive to visitors. Patio area well
maintained. Well established and maintained trees throughout grounds

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Remove trees killed by bad winter weather. Develop herbaceous borders particularly on lower
level. Split plants and refresh. Remove old greenhouse and store. Do not add any further work to
site maintain what you have got. Very good entry.
Helliwell Court Sheltered Housing, Deepcar        Bronze Rose Award

Introduction

A complex of 40 flats that shows the best in community involvement producing a very colourful
living environment for these Senior Citizens of the Stocksbridge area. A residential area that is a
balance of colourful plantings, woodland areas, grassy slopes and well disguised wheelie bins all
undertaken and managed by a dedicated resident group.

Areas of Achievement

The colourful tubs, hanging baskets and planters that help to disguise the fencing around the
wheelie bin park areas of each flat is simple but very effective in providing a most colourful
frontage to the area. A new sitting out area has been constructed which will be well used to enjoy
the new planting when it has become established. There is a good balance of seasonal and
sustainable plantings that ensure a year round effect for all residents to enjoy. A well maintained
grass backdrop to the flowers is provided by the Local Authority and adds to the overall areas
available for use by the residents.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Develop the compost making site and growing area for future use of compost and plants. The
woodland area to the rear of the site needs to be managed to ensure a suitable site for wild
flowers and insects etc – need for input from the Local Authority. Try to arrange for more water
buts to recycle rain water for the many tubs, planters etc. Look to develop more permanent
planting areas and climbers to walls to help offset the need for many annual plants. Continue the
development of the new rockery garden and look after Eric‟s garden. Ensure the new seating,
table and parasol are well fastened down in the new community area when it arrives



Holden Hall, Keighley      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Much has been achieved by a small group of enthusiastic and dedicated people. The gardens
surrounding the Hall are used by the local community. The splendid hanging baskets at the front of
the building compliment the colourful display bed, cleverly built on a sloping site where only paving
stones existed before. The rear garden designed for use by the playgroup includes a number of
recycling initiatives and features for wildlife. A well laid out garden making maximum use of limited
space.

Areas of Achievement

The high standard of the hanging baskets and the effective automatic watering system installed.
The number of recycling initiatives demonstrated at such a small site.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Completion of the second gated access with a suitably graded path. Negotiate with the adjacent
private resident with regard to the pruning of the overgrown Leylandii hedge.
Holmewood Residential Day Care, Keighley          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Although there are landscaped grounds surrounding the centre it is the courtyard garden where
the service users enjoy their gardening activities. The courtyard is fully accessible, with planters,
tubs and raised beds of varying sizes to ensure all service users have opportunity to participate.
The interaction with the garden and working together with children from Nessfield Primary School
with fruit and vegetable gardening, not only provides stimulus for the service users but also on a
number of levels raises awareness in the children. Enthusiastic support for the garden from staff,
relatives and the community help supplement scarce funding.

Areas of Achievement

The colourful and varied displays of both perennial and seasonal plantings should be recognised
as a job well done. The organisation and active support and involvement of the school children at
the centre were inspirational. The inclusive nature of all the activities associated with the gardens
all year round is a measure of its success.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The planting of a mini orchard and soft fruit bushes in the grass area at the rear of the centre
building could be a consideration.



HORTICAP, Harrogate Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

This remarkable charity helps some 45 students to undertake a range of gardening duties. To
enable this to take place funding must be raised in many ways, this includes an on site garden
centre and a maintenance team for external works. The teams produce a large number of plants
including some 400 hanging baskets for sale. At the time of the visit preparation was going on to
stage a garden at the Yorkshire Show.

Areas of Achievement

The ability to turn waste from others into timber products, saving it going to land fill and raising
cash.
The whole purpose of the site and dedication of the staff, the students were really pleased to be on
the programme.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The nature areas were well served with information boards. One wonders if some information
boards in the production areas would increase sales, as well as provide education on horticulture.
Knaresborough House Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The imposing position of Knaresborough House at the lower end of the High Street is much
enhanced by the well maintained lawn areas. The floral borders set into the front lawns were
varied and well tended. A large colourful hanging basket hangs in the entrance to the House. The
gardener was able to explain to the judges all the work involved, and proposed improvements. The
paths, and entrance and exits, were clean and cared for. To the rear of the House were, again,
well tended and strimmed large grass areas, which are open for events. Gym equipment for public
use was at the far corner of the rear lawns. What an asset for Knaresborough.

Areas of Achievement

The overall well maintained lawns and floral beds are a credit to those who look after them. The
people of Knaresborough are fortunate in having the rear of Knaresborough House available for
public events – and use of the gym equipment.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Whilst appreciating the window boxes, and good hanging basket on the front facade of the House,
some thought could be given to further floral enhancement on the House.



Newton Grange Residential Home, Stocksbridge           Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A 28 bed residential home for elderly people has a full time staff dedicated not only to their care
but to the surrounds of the site as well. Their enthusiasm is shown in the quality of the
surroundings and the way this fits into the management of the centre. A colourful display of various
tubs, hanging baskets and some permanent planting is providing a pleasant environment for all
and also a vital part in the communities “in bloom” initiative.

Areas of Achievement

The level of colourful seasonal flower display is a credit to the staff planting and maintaining the
numerous baskets and tubs around the area including the front entrance and patio area. The
vegetable garden and Bills tomatoes go someway in providing a supply to the kitchens which are
then enjoyed by the residents. Fruit is also high on the menu as many apple and cherry trees
abound in the grass areas and again are well used by the residents in pies. A well kept hedge
surrounds the site and is a habitat for birds who also like the fruit. The greenhouse and its keeper
Bill are both a fixed item in the secret garden and this area is a haven retreat away from the
outside gardens.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The site has been let down this year by the changes to the mowing regime and the contractor
undertaking this work is not producing the results the staff want to ensure a good clean site with
weed free paths and clean lawns. The seating and paved area fronting the main road could be
improved slightly with some impact planting of specimen plants to brighten the area, possibly
giving a sensory effect. The patio area at the back of the complex is excellent and some more
permanent planting along the fence would help to brighten the area and add more interest. Try to
enlarge the veg garden to provide a wider range of foods available and increase cropping for the
kitchen.



Overgate Hospice, Elland Silver Rose Award

Introduction

We were warmly welcomed by dedicated Hospice staff, Laura, Lauren and Part-Time Hospice
gardener Phil. The Hospice has a well planned and welcoming entrance with stunning bedding
and plenty of colours, together with an impressive mix of sustainable planting. The garden sees
considerable use in the summer with parties and functions. We were glad to hear of the volunteers
who work there. There is a tremendous view from the garden which is complimented by the plant
choices. It was pleasing to see an attempt a growing vegetables being made. We would like to see
this side of the garden expended to provide more food for the kitchen.

Areas of Achievement

The entrance beds were a well planned and structured mix of bedding and sustainable planting,
which had impressive impact. We were pleased to see the many colourful pots around the site.
A great deal of time had been spent on clipping formal shrubs, which complimented the gardens
shape and surroundings. The hard landscaping round the fountain area provided a lovely place to
sit among the lavender. The various art works such as bronze birds and the 'Hands' installation
complemented the garden well. The grass left unmown for wildlife was a good idea. We were
pleased to hear of the support the Hospice gets from the local community.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps one of the sponsors would pay for the hire of a scarifying machine to help with moss
removal from the grassed areas. The idea of growing vegetables could perhaps be expanded
upon to provide food for the kitchen. Perhaps residents would enjoy more scented herbs around
the site and apple trees in grassed areas. Perhaps it might be possible to add a bird feeding
station for residents to enjoy.



Riverhead Hall Residential Home, Driffield       Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Riverhead Hall is a small nursing care home, the majority of its residents are either bedridden or in
wheelchairs therefore the grounds are planted in such a way as to give some bright and interesting
colour for the residents. Over the last 12 months John, the gardener, has been improving the area
which is a mixture of rose beds, perennial plants, hanging baskets and a natural area. I am sure
the residents, visitors and staff must appreciate this lovely green space.

Areas of Achievement

The moving of some shrubs and replacement of tired plants. The quality of the rose beds. The
clean and tidy work area which includes composting, incinerator and wood piles. The beds and
woodland areas are packed with spring bulbs including, tulips, daffodils, English bluebells and wild
garlic. At the back of the Hall there are raspberries, red currents and apple trees. The whole area
was very clean, tidy and inviting.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

There are plans to increase the herbaceous perennial planting. We discussed colourful perennial
plants such as geraniums and lavenders which would give colour, however, it is understood how
important it is to continue with the annual planting which gives visual and sensory enjoyment to the
residents.



Rosevale Residential Home, York          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Immediate impact of 'colour' from the hanging baskets and window boxes on the Main Entrance
side. The main sitting out area for the residents - a riot of colour in the form of summer bedding
plants and baskets. Roses and other plants abound. Well maintained lawn areas, neat edging and
clean pathways.

Areas of Achievement

Newly planted shrub border with 'infill' and seasonal bedding plants. Wellingtonia, giant conifer
with soft corky bar, Sequoia Sempervirens, within the canopy area planted with summer colour
and box curves at intervals around the perimeter. Selection of house plants and flower
arrangements.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Little scope for further development because of available space - maintain what has already been
achieved in a short space of time. Perhaps only to change some of the subjects each year, though
this may already be the practice. Spring and summer bedding so it does not appear to be
repetitive.



RSPCA York Animal Home           Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The centre's primary role must be care of the animals but this is a good example of how the
grounds have been changed by the addition of various containers and new planting to the benefit
and enjoyment of both two and four legged users! The site is open for visitors and is used for
various fund raising activities and otherwise unused cages have been cleverly commandeered to
grow a variety of plants free of attention of the wild rabbits. This is well worth a visit; you may just
have to look away from the appealing faces. There is also very good communication utilising
blogs, email and website. As new planting is established this shows great promise for the future.

Areas of Achievement

Care has been taken to choose plant material which can be used to enhance interest for animals
and also supply fresh food. The large tubs and troughs have been planted with a mix of annuals
and perennials and provide great interest, disguising the more functional buildings. As expected
the environmental issues are well addressed with a good sized composting area, water collection
and recycling of plants given from people's gardens. Wildlife is also taken into consideration with
habitat for hedgehogs, frogs etc. There is also a very large rabbit cleverly designed for leaf
composting.
The difficult shady bank and hedging is in process of being redeveloped with addition of wild
flowers and spring bulbs. Catmint grown on site is being used at fund raising events and to please
the feline residents. The paths, lawns and surrounds are tidy and well maintained.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Interpretation boards and signage could be improved. Grouping 3 or 5 of the same plant would
give impact especially of Alliums, and some trailing plants over the side of containers would
remain out of reach of rabbits. Continue to keep good communication and develop better links
with local schools that could benefit from using the site for study in safety. As a backdrop for the
new memorial rose garden some evergreen shrubs such as Euonymus would give winter interest
and colour. The hedge at the top of the bank needs further improvement.



Sheffield General Cemetery       Bronze Rose Award

Introduction

“A Peaceful haven capturing the history of Sheffield‟s Victorians” the opening remarks on one of
the many leaflets about this cemetery in the Sharrow district near to the heart of the City. The visit
began with a brief introduction of the area from Spike and Janet who are the main people at the
helm and the driving force behind what has to be one of the mightiest tasks to be undertaken in
restoring and revitalising a huge area such as this. In its infancy but the work done to date has
been well undertaken and shows signs of a good management system in place to coordinate the
volunteers, especially Janet‟s Garden Force which is developing areas to a high standard and
improving a corner of the cemetery. Spike has to be congratulated in taking on part time such a
project and with minimal backing from the Local Authority is doing a fine job in turning round an
area of valuable open space, wild flower, natural area of high heritage importance.

Areas of Achievement

The wildflower area is a colourful welcome into the cemetery and leads on to a more sedate area
of natural landscape that is evident throughout the site. Well developed schemes of sustainable
planting have been undertaken which will mature and provide good habitat. Well organised
garden volunteers have had a major impact on the site and are well organised. A very busy and
well stocked information centre at the main entrance has all the relevant material for visitors and
genealogy enthusiast alike.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Develop the management plan to identify areas that need attention in a radical order to ensure a
continued development of the various areas. Try to develop the catacomb walk area to allow
access to this important area of the cemetery for future visitor use and attraction. Safety being high
on the agenda. The Chapel refurbishment has to be a high priority with all the necessary
authorities being involved to save this important building and give a teaching area, information
centre and a new home for the staff equipment. Involve the press as much as possible at events
such as the “In Bloom” judging to maximise publicity around the local area. Continue the compost
recycling issue and look to develop as a fund raiser if possible
St Catherine’s Residential Care Home, Benningborough              Gold Rose Award

Introduction

A very well cared for entry, incorporating tasteful permanent planted gardens, bedded borders,
tubs and cascading baskets with a built in watering system. Numerous private seating areas for
residents and visitors to enjoy. Clematis and Sweet Peas adorn and screen building and recycling
containers to perfection. All the grassed areas are well kept and neat.

Areas of Achievement

The overall standard throughout is excellent, much thought has gone into the residents pleasure,
newly produced wheelchair friendly raised beds allow smell and touch to take place. A resident
rabbit in cage and run is also there to enjoy. Congratulations to Brian the Gardener for his
patience, creativity, pride and vast array of ideas.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

In spite of loosing many shrubs with the winter frost. Everywhere was well filled in. The new
addition of an all weather path across the rear grassed area is a great improvement.



St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The "Wow" factor hits you the moment you walk through the doors into the gardens at the rear.
The fantastic use of water and plants within this complex are a credit to the Gardeners and
Volunteers.
These superb gardens really look like they would play a significant part improving the quality of life
of the patients at St Gemma's

Areas of Achievement

The improvements that have been made in the entrance car park to welcome visitors. The
creative use of plants around the site to give you a different view from where ever you are in the
gardens. The composting areas and use of recycled pots. The wildlife pond and wildflower
meadow add to the bio diversity of the site. The greenhouse space and vegetable garden used by
the residents. The plant sales and open garden events helping to raise funds. The Walls of Light
and Tree of Life adding creative art work into the landscape.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to support residents to get involved in aspects of gardening.



St John's Church, Deepcar Gold Rose Award

Introduction

This beautiful church, built in 1878, lies at the side of the main road in the valley from Deepcar to
Stockbridge. All who approach it must find it inviting with its wonderfully colourful displays of plants
at the driveway entrance, the railing planters and planters in front of the church. Since 2004 Paul
Martin and his helpers have worked hard to transform the neglected and overgrown churchyard
using as many recycled materials as possible and have sourced plants from the congregation and
bulbs and trees from Sheffield council

Areas of Achievement

The new planters at the front of the church add height and form to the existing planters and the
variety of plants are a delight. Soil conditions have been taken into consideration so that planting
has been appropriate to the different areas. The gunnera is well established in this unlikely setting.
The new fern bed is thriving as it the new blue planter, vegetable planter and the six trees. There
is good use of recycled materials and active composting.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The shrubs and trees at the east end of the church and down to the seating area require some
degree of management as does the ivy at the front. The path to the seating area would benefit
from further application woodchip and the addition of a focus (birdbath, sculpture) could well
transform this into an outdoor prayer area. Some plants e.g. foxgloves might brighten Daffodil hill
in the summer months. A wildflower area might be created at either side of the entrance from the
church hall



Stepping Stones II Project, Skipton      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

This project based in Aireville Park at Skipton started about 10 years ago. Those who attend the
project also work out in the community providing floral displays in various parts of the town. It is a
most worthwhile scheme, providing learning and also social interaction. At the base they grow a
wide range of plants - flowers, fruit and vegetables, some of the latter being produced in a
ploytunnel to give them early crops. They have also created mosaics, and also make jams,
chutneys, etc. They are very eco-friendly, using large quantities of compost

Areas of Achievement

The quality of flowers and fruit produced is very good and people of varying age and ability work
together, improving their social skills as well as practical ones. It was encouraging to hear that
there are no problems with vandalism. The decorated narrow boats are particularly good.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps consider a visit to another project (e.g. Horticap at Harrogate) to exchange ideas.



Swan Court, Harrogate Gold Rose Award

Introduction

This compact garden in the centre of Harrogate is maintained to a high standard. The impact is
seen by both residents and the large number of people who pass by. The impact is further
enhanced by residents planting on balconies with a variety of plants.
Areas of Achievement

The re planted rose area has developed well and improved that area of planting. The quality of
the baskets and planters. The year round effect achieved by the plant selection. The quality of
maintenance.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

There was a small area of turf that was of a lower standard than the majority of the grass areas. It
would be helpful if possible to improve what is a very small area.



The Oaks Day Centre, Keighley        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Despite being limited to two courtyard areas at the centre, maximum use has been made of the
space and features. The displays are primarily in containers which the centres service users help
to plant and maintain. The promotion of active involvement, however limited the ability of the
service user, clearly gives stimulation and an enjoyable experience. The centre is enthusiastically
supported by the staff and local community who help raise funds and give time and materials for
the garden.

Areas of Achievement

The completion of the irrigation scheme and glasshouse. The wide diversity of plants and
opportunities for each service user to develop their own levels of ability.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The establishment of an herb garden area, to add further plant material to stimulate the senses.
The introduction of a bug hotel or corner could add further interest to this very colourful and
diverse garden.



Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The 26 acres of Undercliffe Cemetery reflect the history of Bradford, since 1854. The site is still in
use with 50 to 60 internments each year. Formed by a private company the scale of the memorials
show that there was wealth in the textile industry. The overall site is listed as 2* with some 1450
listed memorials in the site. The original company closed and a new company took control and
sold buildings and so on for the value of the stone. The cemetery is now managed by a charity and
depends on voluntary workers to undertake maintenance.

Areas of Achievement

Working with local schools both for educational issues and practical work. The volunteer team that
carry out so much work. The education programme and web site. The open days and events
programme to encourage visitors and the local community to visit and understand the site.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Maintenance on the site is a challenge and resources are limited so it is really a case of carry on,
but have a development/improvement plan. This is to be able to produce a vision in limited time
should opportunities arise.



Wheelhouse Square Trust, Scarborough          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

What a wonderful place to retire. The neatly manicured lawns and borders curve beautifully to
draw the eye to a lovely jumble of horticultural expression. This is a great entry which must
brighten up the day of passers by, and certainly makes a huge difference to the lives of the
tenants.

Areas of Achievement

Enjoy the macro climate that is the grounds of the Wheelhouse trust! You are certainly making the
most of it. The variation of plants and planting style give everyone the chance to join in, whether
it‟s growing a marvellous array of vegetables in a restricted space, planting and nurturing window
boxes, or sitting on the lawns watching the world go by.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The Rose garden project is promising. Developing the two far corners would be icing on the cake
for this entry. Perhaps some cordoned fruit trees?
Category 7A: Public Houses and Restaurants



Farmers Arms, Holmfirth       Silver Rose Award

Introduction

We visited the Farmers Arms on the outskirts of Holmfirth during a torrential shower. The new
owners have only been in post nine weeks but have already made their presence felt. The front of
the pub is delightful and at the rear there is much to enjoy. The attempt to grow some herbs for the
kitchen is welcome and could be expanded upon over time. A worthy entry and one with potential
to go even further within the competition over the next few years.

Areas of Achievement

A delightful mix of baskets and ivy at the front make for a very welcoming and tastefully pleasant
entrance indeed. We were impressed with the initiative to grow herbs, tomatoes and grapes etc
for the kitchen making the area both aesthetic and practical. Well done. We were pleased to note
that the baskets at the rear were grown by yourselves, so giving an important personal touch. It
was nice to see the solar powered lights in the covered rear garden.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

As time allows consider bringing some floral interest into the car park area. Consider a further
expansion of the idea of growing herbs for the kitchen. Could any planters or baskets be placed at
the top of the rear courtyard garden? Perhaps some tougher species such as mint, oregano,
thyme could be considered. Some of the outdoor furniture would benefit from a staining with
preservative over the fullness of time.



Half Moon Inn, Elloughton     Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The Half Moon Inn is a Public House situated on the crossroads at the heart of Elloughton. The
pub is friendly and inviting and acts as a meeting place for the local community. The judges were
welcomed by the landlord and manager who explained how the pub had worked with the In-Bloom
Group to raise funds for 2011 campaign, by selling the 'Naked Bloomers' Calendar. In all the Half
Moon Inn was a really good entry for 2011.

Areas of Achievement

The judges were particularly impressed with the flowering Yucca at the front of the Pub, which
acted as a focal point for visiting customers. The limestone gravel used on the car park beds
acted as a very effective weed suppressant as well as a good background for the planting. The
seasonal bedding displays used in the planters and hanging baskets were appropriate for the
setting and showed the good use of colour. In all, the pub plays a very active role in the promotion
of the 'In Bloom Campaign' by the continued support of its staff and customers alike.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Although the pub had been very supportive of the 2011 campaign, there was no obvious evidence
of support through posters or leaflets, therefore the judges thought that may be a good idea to
display the 'In Bloom Team' Newsletter, so that customers could read about current achievements
whilst visiting the area. The Judges felt that it maybe nice to add some more permanent planting
around the car park beds, to give the area a more mature feel. It may be worth considering some
of the more drought tolerant varieties, such as Euphorbia and Lavenders.



Quayside Restaurant, Whitby        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Quayside restaurant is situated on Pier Road which is a very bush part of Whitby. The restaurant
was once again voted the „Best of its Kind‟ for 2011 in the U.K. The owner still found time to make
a colourful entrant in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition (a first time entry). This restaurant will
assist Whitby with their entry in this years National „in bloom‟ competition.

Areas of Achievement

Colourful troughs, hanging baskets and pots outside the restaurant give a very good summer
display of planting despite being in a very difficult and busy area. The new watering system
installed this year will save time and water on the maintenance. The outside area was clean and
tidy with no litter.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A wider variety of plants would add more interest and colour. A poster placed in the restaurant
window, supporting Yorkshire in Bloom and Judging Day would keep customers informed that it is
a Yorkshire in Bloom entry.



The Black Swan, Scarborough          Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The front of this pub gives little indication of what lies in store for those who choose to believe the
rumours of a beer garden rather than their instincts. A haven has been created in what would
have otherwise have been a grey and over shadowed courtyard. Well done!

Areas of Achievement

This is a difficult area to work with. Well done for creating such a bold colourful display under these
circumstances. There was an unusual mixture of plants and planting containers. The planting was
very full - but not too busy to be overcrowded.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

More sustainable planting in raised beds to compliment the roses - perhaps some lavender or
other scented plant. Keep trying different plants to see what survives.
The Gascoigne Arms, Barwick in Elmet          Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Standing at the main junction in Barwick this pub had great impact-a joy to see! Good to see that
in a small village there are two public houses that are keen to enter the Yorkshire in Bloom
competition and thus enhance the village centre

Areas of Achievement

A very large display of baskets and planters with a mix of plants which should sustain the impact
and colour throughout the season. Maintenance looked good. Pavements outside clean and tidy.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Is there any other sitting area-a beer garden? Hope we didn‟t miss looking -if so -blame the rain!



The New Inn, Barwick in Elmet         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A colourful frontage and a friendly welcome from Annette -a pub you would want to go in to! A
floral public house does make a difference to a village and Barwick are lucky to have such a good
one -in fact one of three! They are obviously pleased to enter the Yorkshire in Bloom competition
too

Areas of Achievement

Very colourful with good impact. Loved the little cacti in the pots! To attempt such a big display
with no knowledge of plants is very brave!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Watering must be very laborious -would a self watering system help? Keep up the good work -
your knowledge will improve each time you plant up!!



The Stocks, Ecclesfield      Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The Stocks is a popular and well used public house located in a prominent position at a busy road
junction in the centre of the Conservation area. Although it has a limited frontage to the highway
and no car park it is bedecked with magnificent hanging baskets and wall troughs providing a very
attractive display enjoyed by locals and visitors. A high quality metal railing with a central arch and
hanging basket adds to the attraction of the venue and contains the frontage. The quality of the
plantings and high standard of maintenance has produced a display that is clearly representative
of the competition.
Areas of Achievement

The quality and range of planting in hanging baskets and wall troughs. The high standard of
maintenance of all the floral displays and the use of an automatic irrigation system. The high
quality of the frontage boundary railings

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider provision of further baskets and wall troughs where space allows. Introduce some floral
features and In Bloom promotional materials inside the premises.



The Three Horse Shoes, Oulton        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

On the approach to the Three Horse Shoes you could not help to be impressed by the floral
displays that festooned the frontage. Not only were the floral displays colour co-ordinated they
were also sympathetic to the frontage of the pub and the fragrance from the displays was superb
whilst in the car park and outdoor seating area.

Areas of Achievement

The frontage of The Three Horse Shoes was festooned in flowers as was the wall tops of the car
park. The introduction of the new bed outside the boundary of the public house had some good
perennials planted within it. The many in bloom certificates within the entrance way were well
presented and a credit to the landlord. The use of a drip water system on some of the baskets and
hay rakes was good to see and should reduce the manual watering.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider working closer with the local in bloom group to link in with the towns overall in bloom
campaign and to use their resources to grow plants for your displays and composting. Consider
using more sustainable planting within the hay racks and car park planters to reduce the need to
replant all for two seasons. Extend the drip watering scheme to cover all the displays hanging
from the public house.



The Wheatsheaf, Ingleton       Bronze Rose Award

Introduction

The present owner has only been in charge for a relatively short while and has plans for the further
improvement of this pub in the centre of Ingleton. There is a large grassed area at the back with
outdoor seating and a car park at the side. They employ a gardener to help maintain the site.

Areas of Achievement

The open area at the back was clean and tidy, and the front was also quite attractive with hanging
baskets. There was a bottle recycling facility, which could also be used by the public, and some
food waste was able to go for animal feed.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The back grassed area needed some more attention, and the base of the walls of the building next
to the car park had quite a few weeds. The Chef has plans to start growing some herbs in a corner
of the land at the back. With a bit more attention this could become a very good entry, and a real
asset to the village's entry.



The White Horse, Sowerby Bridge        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The blaze of colour at the front of the pub produced a delightful welcome for customers. The
landlord of White Horse has created a very colourful display at the front of the premises, creating
impact and making the pub a flowery feature to all who pass by.

Areas of Achievement

A good selection of plants used in the colourful display at the front of the pub, with a irrigation
system for effective watering. The polytunnel enables the plants to be grown on site and is
obviously well used. It was good to see the compost heaps and water butts also. The plants at the
front of the tub were obviously very healthy and well maintained.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The shrub area in the rear garden could benefit from some attention, so it has the same impact as
the planting at the front. Perhaps it might be possible to consider trimming back well grown
planting.
Perhaps the use of pale colours and night scented planting might be pleasant for customers using
the rear tables in the evening. Perhaps some scented herbs of other plants could be planted close
to seating areas. Consider planting that might encourage butterflies and moths for the enjoyment
of customers.
Category 7B: Guest Houses, Holiday Cottages and Small Hotels



City Lodgings Ltd., Sheffield        Improvement Rose Award

Introduction

A first time entry for 2011 and work in progress but something to be achieved for next year‟s entry
into the competition. Maria and Oliver have a vision of what should be a welcome to guests that is
colourful and a vital part of their stay in Sheffield. The frontage to the hotel masks what lies behind
which is something of an oasis revealed to guests who have a floral veranda and seating area in
the heart of Sheffield City centre. A very convivial meeting place for all, either single guests or
groups who can enjoy this tranquil retreat.

Areas of Achievement

The veranda has a very pleasant feeling of a relaxed seating and outdoor area for guests. The
floral aspect is quite good and gives a colourful backdrop along the full length of the area.
Seasonal colour blends well with the start of some permanent planting and covers two floors of the
hotel balconies with hanging baskets and planters. The area was clean, litter free and kept tidy
and neat with all staff taking on the challenge.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The reception area may need to be more welcoming with possibly an internal colourful planter and
some external hanging baskets to attract and invite guests in. Structural permanent planting along
the veranda needs to be in scale with the surroundings and in suitable sized planters to achieve
good growth for the varieties chosen. Continue the seasonal colourful tubs and baskets, both
spring and summer, take photos of the spring display to show at the summer judging time. Ensure
the structural façade is well presented, clean, painted and weed free.



Four Gables B & B, Boston Spa        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

From the moment you drive past the huge carved cedar tree totem pole it is clear you are in for a
surprise of a garden and it does not disappoint! At every corner there is more to see -even on a
damp grey morning it was delightful. Well planned out and a labour of love. Would love to see it in
the spring with all the cyclamens!

Areas of Achievement

Imaginative use of dead cedar tree making a feature and using parts for a table and large log piles
Variety of types of gardens shows good understanding of conditions and how to plant Wild life
haven with provision made for birds insects hedgehogs etc and some happy hens too!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Some minor maintenance issues but probably due to the recent heavy rainstorms. Good planting
of new trees to screen next property will increase the privacy -continue to expand on this An
excellent website but no mention had been made of this nor any information given about their
reception, previous achievements etc -are you aware that there are marks for this?



Hob Green Hotel Markingham         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

This country hotel is set in wonderful countryside, with its own special grounds. The former walled
garden is used for cut flowers and permanent planting these days. The terrace runs to a ha ha
allowing excellent views of the countryside. Further surprises are in store when you discover the
landscaped area that was a tennis court {now lawn} complete with a pleached lime avenue. The
long border currently under restoration completes this interesting collection of landscape types.

Areas of Achievement

The use of cat mint in a bedding border gives a good and different contrast. The golden orchard is
developing well and provides a point of interest. The maintenance standards of the lime and other
hedges were very good. The restoration programme for the long boarder shows plans exist to
continue development and replacement as needed.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Development of the garden history and information walks would be a useful addition for the hotel.
When possible continue with restoration of the areas to ensure that interest is maintained and
people continue to be surprised when they walk round.



Lumb-Beck Farmhouse, Ilkley        Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Introduction

A wonderful retreat from the world. High on Addingham Moorside is this delightful farmhouse
which is surrounded by a sea of plants of many types and many flowering seasons. In addition Mr
& Mrs Croft also grow a wide range of vegetables and soft fruits. Over the years old troughs have
been acquired and these, with their plantings, add to the charm of the place.

Areas of Achievement

To have tamed this rough area of garden and transformed it into something rather wonderful. Now,
after many years of dedicated labour, especially in cultivating the soil and adding manure and
compost, there are mature plants such as Gunnera manicata, and hundreds of candelabra
primulas

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It is very difficult to imagine what improvements can now be made on this undulating site, after so
many years of dedicated care, trial and occasional error, but also with much success.
Category 7C: Large Hotels



De Vere Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds      Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The gardens to the front and side of the hotel were very impressive, full of sustainable and
seasonal colour and complemented by box hedging which gave it a period feel. The many
environmental schemes such as the bumble bee lodges to improve pollination opportunities were
a credit to the grounds staff.

Areas of Achievement

The many environmental schemes such as the bumble bee lodges to improve pollination
opportunities were a credit to the grounds staff. The many flower beds were of a very good
quality. The herb garden used by the chef for the kitchen was well maintained and well stocked.
The floral hay racks that had been used to soften the walls were colour coordinated and of a very
good quality. The judges were full of admiration for the standard of work carried out with only 1 ½
staff and would like to suggest trying to form a friends of Oulton Hall group which may attract some
volunteers to work within the grounds.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Some of the shrubs and trees within the car park area are in need of attention, the removal and
replacement of overgrown or dead material should take a priority this winter. To save time on
annual bedding and improve the biodiversity of the site consideration should be given to replacing
the empty beds (such as the bell bed) with nectar rich perennials.



Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York       Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Introduction

This entry is a very worthy winner. The Judges were given a warm welcome and shown round the
extensive grounds by the head gardener. No corner has been left unturned and the hotel is
working well in conjunction with the National Trust to preserve the grounds and house for future
generations.
Judges were met by volunteers working in the walled gardens all enjoying what they were doing.
Well designed route round gardens which are open to public for tours and well worth a visit. Well
done

Areas of Achievement

Walled Gardens. Edible crops used in hotel. Australian garden, wonderful lawns and lake.
Walls covered in climbers. No corners left to develop. Car park well laid out with good signage.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Does not need any comment from us just please do not let your gardener go.              Wonderful.
Two volunteers here when you want us.
Tankersley Manor Hotel, Barnsley      Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Situated between Barnsley and Sheffield, Tankersley Manor welcomes you from the moment you
drive into the car park. Well kept grounds illustrate an eye for detail and the floral displays
complement the surroundings. Judging by the quality of the grounds this hotel would be a fine
place to spend a few nights.

Areas of Achievement

The overall quality of the grounds and the public areas. Working with the local school and the
green team. An enthusiasm for making the hotel as welcoming as possible for all its guests.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Quality rather than quantity. By focusing on a few key locations and ensuring the wow factor is
there greater results could be achieved. Increase planting densities and plant in good time. Make
sure the scale of displays is appropriate, Tankersley Manor is a large building, and floral display
will need to be as well.



The Midland Hotel Bradford      Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The Midland Hotel is centred within the heart of Bradford‟s thriving community, although there is
much shade and wind the hanging baskets and window boxes are eye catching and colourful
which complement the hotel building.

Areas of Achievement

The very good quality hanging basket on the Main Street that is supplied and maintained by the
local authority. The window boxes in the same area were good and colour. The car park area
was flanked with shrubs and annual bedding which softened the area.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Increase the hanging baskets/floral planters to encapsulate the car park entrance and car park
area.
Replant the car park shrub beds with herbaceous perennials and spring colour to reduce the
replanting with annuals every year.



The Ripon Spa Hotel       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

A well planted out large garden incorporating manicured crocket lawns. A vast selection of
permanent planting bedded beds, hanging baskets, urns and different types of planters. Wide
gravel paths are there for residents and visitors to exercise. The hotels low walled entrance is
enhanced with a vast array of Fuchsia plants.
Areas of Achievement

Sympathetic large surrounding beds with tasteful planting. The redundant Kitchen Garden has
been taken over by some Ripon citizens forming an Allotment Society with resounding results.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Tidying up and enclosing the Kitchen Garden entrance will be a great improvement.



The Royal York Hotel & Events Centre         Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

This was an excellent first time entry and well worth the visit. Grounds well maintained and a
colourful start to any visit to York as you leave the railway station. Excellent quality baskets
surround the exterior of the building and all corners of the grounds planted and in keeping with the
wonderful building. Special thanks should go to Gail Enoin Farrington and Michael Banszak for
having the time to take the judges round and give an excellent presentation around the grounds.

Areas of Achievement

Three acres of well maintained grounds Good use of space and floral features, baskets, herb
garden, mixed herbaceous borders. Removal of overgrown shrubberies around perimeter creating
a woodland walk but also opening up the views of York for visitors. Good sustainable planting in
grounds. Well maintained hedges and lawns in keeping with the building. Use of recycled water
and plant waste. Herbs used within hotel kitchens

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Re think carpet bed and plant materials being used. Edging of lawns around flower borders.
No information on reception however all on Hotels website. Yorkshire in Bloom to re assess
question 2. Re think plants for outside lower patio area by station Road. Special designated
composted areas. Labelled and in keeping with area its positioned in. Making visitors aware that
recycling is being carried out to a good standard
Category 8A: Visitor Attractions



Keighley & Worth Valley Railway        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The 5 mile branch line runs between Keighley and Oxenhope. Its success is solely attributable to
the many volunteers who "work" on the railway throughout the year. Their tireless efforts ensure
that the many tens of thousand of visitors the railway gets each year have an enjoyable
experience. Each of the stations is maintained by different volunteers, which has encouraged a
variety of floral display and plantings. All adding interest and authenticity to the attraction of this
vintage railway.

Areas of Achievement

The high standard of maintenance and cleanliness at all the stations, this in spite of the large
number of visitors experienced. The active encouragement and levels of participation of young
people in the planting and maintenance of a wide range of the features and floral displays.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A planned programme of pruning for the trees at Ingrow West station to support introduction of
more perennial planting displays.



Knaresborough Castle Grounds          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Not only the castle and its grounds, but the views of the viaduct and the River Nidd below are
spectacular. The grass everywhere is manicured and the many steps and paths are well swept.
The judges were able to talk to the 2 gardeners who put so much effort and pride into the overall
maintenance.     The bowling green‟s long bed „good enough to eat‟ is to the design of local
schoolchildren. The lawns and flower bed around the cenotaph are equally well maintained.
Knaresborough can be justly proud of this entry.

Areas of Achievement

Though the castle and its grounds are visited by so many, it is the high level of maintenance and
cleanliness that impresses. The „good enough to eat‟ bed and the cenotaph floral feature are very
good, and in addition to all their other areas of responsibility, the 2 gardeners concerned are to be
congratulated.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The only comment would be, that there appeared to be no or little visible indication of entry in YIB
and of the judging day in particular.
Manor Heath Nurseries, Halifax        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Manor Heath Park and Jungle experience is a special area which caters in all aspects for the
surrounding community and the general public. The Jungle experience in particular is both an
exciting and educational experience for children. Great care is taken with the planting and wildlife
of the area to create a fun and interesting experience. I was extremely impressed with all aspects
of the Park which has a great deal to offer to all age groups.

Areas of Achievement

A complete visitor attraction with planned events throughout the year catering for all age groups.
The events are well advertised and run from April through to December. They are both fun and
educational. The area is extremely attractively presented and thousands of wild flowers are sown
every year. The Park is beautifully clean and tidy with evidence of much hard work by the cleaning
and re-cycling team. It is a credit to all those involved in the planning and development. Well done!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

I was particularly impressed with the walled garden which is carefully thought out and maintained.
It is sub- divided into 10 separate gardens, each with its own individual planting structure and
diverse character, and was a pleasure to view. The planting in these areas was excellent and it
would, perhaps, help the general public if the areas were labelled and a plant identification chart
introduced.



Oakworth Park, Keighley        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

This park, also known as Holden Park is the only park in Oakworth. As such it is important to
ensure it is secured for future generations. This is the driving goal behind a small but dedicated
friends group. As a former private estate given to the local community in 1925, it retains many of
its original features. These include grottos, stone trees, a portico from the original house burnt
down in 1907, a quarry site and large woodland interlaced with a path network. The friends group
have done sterling work and helped reinstate some areas of neglect, plant up and now maintain
these areas. They also promote greater use of the park by organising events to help raise much
needed funds to reinvest into the park.

Areas of Achievement

Well done to the friends group for their unstinting efforts to reinvigorate a park with so much
potential. Well done. The organising of events to promote the park, both raising awareness within
the local community and much needed funding. The completion of the summerhouse project in
April 2011.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The development of a management plan for the whole park would give clarity to the ultimate aim of
refurbishing the park. This should include clear goals for the different zones in the park, each
having individual features and requirements. The friends group has achieved so much since 2004.
Compiling a portfolio of records, photographs and plans for future projects would help the judges
and support any applications for future funding.



Oakworth Station, Keighley        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The station dates back to the 19th century and many of the original features are still present today.
The floral displays were excellent, as was the standard of maintenance of the whole station. The
commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers who ensure the station functions as an integral part
of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is to be congratulated. Visitors to the station are treated
to an authentic experience, where the staff is dressed in appropriately dated uniforms and
operations are conducted as they would have been carried out before electricity and machines
transformed everyday lives.

Areas of Achievement

The high levels of maintenance and repair of the entire site and features. The excellence of
cultivation of the floral displays.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The addition of discreet signs in the flower bed displays acknowledging the involvement of the
children from Oakworth Primary School.



Ripon Racecourse       Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Pristine everywhere, attention to detail astounding. From the permanent planting, 36 hanging
baskets, 18 stand front boxes, floral telephone box to carpet bedding, everything was superb. Also
an on site nursery growing and providing flowers and plants for the venue. All the groundforce staff
are even allowed to grow their own vegetables in appreciation for their pride and loyalty.

Areas of Achievement

The whole venue's immaculate presentation, from all the grassed areas, planting and latest up to
date structures and surfaces, really do make this an outstanding entry. Congratulations to
everyone.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It was pleasing to hear that other activities are now taking place at the venue to be appreciated.
Ryedale Folk Museum, York         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

On entering the reception and shop complex you get the feel of commitment and professionalism
at the outset. The immediate view outside is welcoming and spotless. The old workshops, shops
and buildings are detailed, also old cottages and contents and farm machinery from years ago.
Attractive area with varieties from days gone by. Mini stone village brought from Harlow Carr is
now restored to its former glory in a sympathetic location and setting.

Areas of Achievement

Main, new, walkway through is tarmac with central grass path through the centre, this helps with
flash flooding as it soaks up excess water and blends very well. New coffee shop with costume
displays. Shop with local products and gift ideas - attractively displayed and a guide book that says
it all.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Building work in progress to house and display better the farm implements tec. This will include an
area for farm animals. Stone buildings to be extended to house the 'Harrison Collection' - opening
2012. Wild life pond, further ideas abound. Keep up the Excellent Work.



Treasurer's House, York       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

A superb oasis in the middle of bustling York must be a delight to all visitors and a wonderful place
to take some time. No wonder there are also many events that use the space with its well kept
lawns and well maintained borders. The planting scheme has a very relaxing theme. Great to hear
that the site is organic and that the produce from the kitchen garden is used in the cafe

Areas of Achievement

A high standard of maintenance throughout the site. The use of hand tools around the site is very
commendable and great for the environment . The support of all the volunteers which contribute
so much to the site including the recycling group. The encouragement of wildlife into the site
The colour scheme used in the garden was very relaxing and in keeping with the urban oasis

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider labelling some of the plants or maybe interpretation signs explaining the history of the
garden would be interesting to the public. Consider a few bird or bat boxes placed around the site



York Racecourse       Gold Rose Award

Introduction

What a real delight to visit York Racecourse even on a wet morning and be shown round the floral
extravaganza by 2 enthusiastic members of staff, Ian and Adrian. The floral displays are
magnificent and spread on every available balcony and surface, a real credit to Ian‟s hard work
and experience from many years. The recently upgraded lawns create a good background for the
floral displays but also make more space available for the visitors. Excellent to hear how much
thought goes into to looking after the local environment and conserving the natural resources. An
outstanding entry.

Areas of Achievement

Stunning displays of hanging baskets and troughs on every wall and balcony with many new
troughs added to the displays. The ever increasing floral displays at the car park entrance create
such a welcome for the visitors. The much improved lawn areas enhance the floral displays but
also with the construction require less watering and maintenance. The informative portfolio
cataloguing the recent enhancements to the site and the short video clip of Ian from Channel 4
showed the hard work throughout the year. The efforts made around the course to reduce the
impact on the environment such as organic fertilizers, composting waste and solar panels on the
roof of the stand. The racecourse may wish to consider applying for ISO14001 which is a national
environmental standard

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It would be good to hear of a scheme to put in place the next gardener for when Ian finally hangs
up his trowel and for Ian to be able pass on his experience, gained over many years to the next
generation so the excellent horticultural displays will be continued for many years to come.
Maybe consider further environmental enhancements such as rainwater harvesting for use in
flushing toilets, ground source heat pumps or a wind turbine. Whilst the main focus is on floral
displays for race days consider whether there would be any opportunities for any permanent
planting within the site



Yorkshire Lavender      Gold Rose Award           Category Winner

Introduction

Another great Yorkshire attraction and well worth a visit. Nigel who owns the site is a workaholic.
How he keeps up to things I do not know. His staff were also very good and pleasant, nothing was
too much trouble and happy to answer visitors questions. Nigel has extended the gardens this
year to include a mirror pond and amphitheatre. Wild flower areas and extended the cafe and shop
for visitors. The number of visitors to this attraction shows why Yorkshire Lavender is a Winner.

Areas of Achievement

Running such a site and enjoying it is an achievement on its own. Well laid out 68 acres of
grounds still being developed. Well sign posted, free attraction, getting four sometimes 5 bus tours
a day. Evening tours also organised. Talks to visitors throughout the day. Lavender walks,
herbaceous borders, annual beds, mirror pond. Cricket field, Deer park and wonderful views of the
Yorkshire countryside who could ask for more?

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To all the staff at Yorkshire Lavender get Nigel to slow down. Help him out as you do and get him
to relax and enjoy what is a wonderful entry. You must try the Lavender Scones.
Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole            Gold Rose Award

Introduction

After driving through some industrial/marine parts of Goole the arrival at the Waterways Museum
was a wonderful surprise. The entrance area with its floral displays and signage was inviting and
on entry the refurbished reception area was equally splendid. We enjoyed a trip on a local barge
and were overwhelmed with the historic elements of the marina which are well interpreted.

Areas of Achievement

Refurbishment of the boats and complete area. The recruitment of a group of friendly enthusiastic
volunteers. The work with young people, some with special needs. The horticultural and produce
growing area are to be commended.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The work on the latest boat to be refitted is going well, every success with it and best wishes for an
Autumn completion. The grade two listed coal hoist is a wonderful link with the area's past. Try for
more funding to maintain it for future generations.
Category 8Ba : Business Premises - Small, employing 5 or less people



David Higgins Hairdressers, Pocklington         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A unique business entry delivering a significant impact within a residential area of the town. Clearly
Mr Higgins is an enthusiastic owner who has a real passion for acres plus an ambition to fill every
available space with a new plant, tree or container. A haven for wildlife and a super feeding station
for the local bird population.

Areas of Achievement

A mass of colour from a plethora of planting. An eclectic display with no particular theme but
fascinating to judge.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Much more attention to detail regarding weeding and maintenance.



Hutton Cranswick Fisheries Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Hutton Cranswick Fisheries is a very inviting shop, it has a lovely seating area to the side which we
are sure customers will appreciate. The baskets at the front of the shop are well planted with
quality plants and the floral arrangement in the window inviting.

Areas of Achievement

The water retaining spongers in the flower baskets is an innovative idea. The pots, baskets and
planters are well maintained and cared for, using a selection of colourful annual plants.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The bench at the side of the property would benefit from being re-varnished and it may be work
considering increasing the size of the planters as from a distance they cannot be see as well as
the wheelbarrow.



James White Family Butcher, Hutton Cranswick           Silver Rose Award

Introduction

James White Family Butcher is a lovely small local shop which has been planted well and is
extremely inviting from the road side. This is a small shop with little curb space, what space there
is has been put to good use.
Areas of Achievement

The plants inside the shop are thriving and off good quality. The trough and two planters have
been planted well and are not invasive to customers wishing to enter the shop. The whole area
was extremely clean and tidy.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The two white planters may benefit from a coat of paint and a few of the plants in the trough from
deadheading. It might be worth considering planting herbs in the white pots, such as mint,
rosemary and sage. It would have been nice to see a some evidence of being involved with
Yorkshire in Bloom.



Mount Pleasant Boarding Kennels & Cattery, Keighley         Silver Gilt Rose Award      Category
Winner

Introduction

Arriving at the kennels customers are greeted by a colourful and welcoming garden, with stunning
vistas over Keighley, nearby moor land and distant hills. The gardens are stocked with perennials
and seasonal plants, with a number of containers and tubs strategically located along walkways.
The cattery garden with its stream and pond is well stocked and a delight. The entire site was
extremely well maintained and clean and a pleasure to visit.

Areas of Achievement

The successful screening of the septic tank with a frame and climbing plants. The immaculate
presentation of the gardens and high standard of maintenance throughout the site.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A direction sign at the access road junction with Moss Carr Road, may be of help to the first time
visitor. Installation of seating in the entrance garden, to simply be able to enjoy the views.
Category 8Bb : Business Premises - Large, employing more than 5 people



Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate       Gold Rose Award         Joint Category Winner

Introduction

Whilst this is in effect an industrial works, the layout and planting ensure that rather than big sheds
the site is a pleasure to view. Thought has been given to the design of the buildings to ensure that
they are designed to a very high standard so the overall result is a very pleasant place for more
than 600 people to work. The other main feature is the dedication to recycling and the
environmental impact of the operation. At a local level this takes the form of the pirate {as featured
on the boxes of tea bags} who has developed re cycling to such a level that I am sure he can
develop a use for almost any waste. Things such as pallets going to Horticap to be turned into
fences, coffee bags being used as shopping bags. They also carry out educational work with
schools that includes the world environment. As the company depends on products from across
the world it has also taken responsibility to reduce its impact currently this is a project to protect
rain forest in Peru.

Areas of Achievement

The courtyard with coffee almost and tea plants {well camellia anyway} and the general planting to
provide a well landscaped centre to the site. The ability to provide good standard of planting with
some limitations due to the food production operation as wasps and so on are not welcome.
Again conservation by the use of the balancing pond and bird box enhance the site.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It would complete the storey if one tea plant could be grown alongside the coffee. Try to ensure
that the landscape quality is maintained as the site grows and further development takes place. If
needed look to replace the plants damaged during the winter although this is a minor problem.



Castlegate Café, Helmsley Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Consider using herbs or vegetables in some of the planting schemes around the college. The
students may be encouraged to get involved. Good to hear about the new developments within
the college during the coming winter season and to see the display boards of new plans and
photographs of recent projects. Consider replanting areas such as the herbaceous beds in the
Quadrangle
Consider various types of mulch on some of the beds to help aid moisture retention

Areas of Achievement

New landscape area makes the rear garden much more accessible for the customers and the
future continued plans will enhance the area further and create further areas for floral displays.
The colourful and well maintained floral baskets and tubs
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider a colour scheme to further enhance the floral displays.             Consider a few herbs in
containers that could be used in the cafe



Country Style Foods Ltd, Leeds          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Not at all what you'd expect to find in a commercial/industrial estate in the heart of Leeds. A
country style food is a blaze of colour welcoming both staff and visitors to the site and it‟s evident
that they are proud of their achievements. It's quite remarkable what a difference the baskets and
planters make. Transformation would not be too strong a word. Full marks to the efforts of Sharrif.
It's very rare to find this level of enthusiasm in a place where you would think it would be difficult to
practice horticulture!

Areas of Achievement

The clever use of recycled containers for flower planters. The use of a watering system and the
dedication of Shariff in maintaining and nurturing the plants around the site. The use of every
available space to provide colourful displays. The use of mixed daffs and pansies for the spring
baskets. The composting of green waste and the bird boxes and feeders. The display of past
awards in the main reception for all to see.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider the potential to create a space for staff to use at rest periods. Look to incorporate areas
of permanent planting to support the seasonal display.



Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The Friends of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station are a dedicated and welcoming group of
volunteers who have made a big difference to the station, which was very clean and colourful.
Travellers must indeed find using the station a delight. The group is well organised, even having a
constitution in place. This bodes well for the long term future of the team. The Jubilee Refreshment
Rooms makes a valuable addition to not only the station, but to the whole town.

Areas of Achievement

The planting in the pots and wall mounted planters had a carefully chosen colour scheme, the
wildlife friendly shrub and perennial planting was appropriate and well maintained. We liked the
idea of using stone as a foil to the perennial planting. Throughout the station we were impressed
by the healthy nature of the plants. It was obvious that the group are making every effort to care
for and enhance as many aspects of the station's heritage as possible. The group have worked
hard to involve as many different members of the community as possible, from rail users, local
businesses and the Scout group, with a great deal of success. Sponsorship and help from local
businesses Eglins and Pullmans Steel is encouraging. Rainwater harvesting, composting and use
of grey water are all to be highly commended.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The group have made a very good start and have plans for the continued improvement to the
station environment. Keep working with the local businesses, the scouts and the rail users - the
proposed newsletter and website should be useful tools in communicating with the widest possible
community. Keep up the good work! Consider research into plants traditionally grown at railway
stations. Consider further use of scented herbs, especially around seating areas.



Knaresborough Railway Station        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

A YIB poster welcomed the judges. All credit to those who look after Knaresborough Railway
Station, and seek to preserve so many of the original features dating from the mid-19th.C.The new
large railway posters, paid for by Knaresborough in Bloom, are much in keeping. The well planted
railway trolleys on both platforms are colourful, as are the hanging baskets and the well-filled
wooden window boxes on the York-bound platform. Signage and overall painting is to a high
standard. The large Trompe L‟Oeil at the tunnel end of the York-bound platform is well worth
looking at. The overall picture is of a cared for and well-maintained station

Areas of Achievement

The tunnel end of the York-bound platform, with the large Trompe L‟Oeil, platform trolleys, tubs
and hanging baskets, is to be commended. Congratulations to the lady volunteer who helps look
after the station most days of the week.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Could more be made of the signal box?



Richard Preston & Sons Ltd, Potto       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

What an eye catching display when you drive through Potto, the colour and quantity of the baskets
and floral displays around the main office really hits you. All the flowers are produced and cared
for to a high standard and it shows the experience and expertise of the gardener. The added
feature of the Potto porters barrow is an excellent idea. There is obvious pride by all the staff in
their displays and long may it continue.

Areas of Achievement

Magnificent floral baskets and containers make an outstanding impact. Excellent banner on site
really raises the profile of Prestons and Yorkshire in Bloom and also to see the certificates in the
reception area. A very clean and tidy site

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider removing some of the cherry trees in the lorry park and start a replacement planting
programme over a number of years with smaller trees such as Amelanchier
Consider spaces around the site that would accommodate some native planting such as hedge
planting along the fence line. Consider replacement programme of the climbing roses along the
fence. Consider the environmental aspects of the business and what opportunities there are such
as collection of rainwater from the buildings, saving the water from washing the vehicles and other
methods of recycling or saving resources.



Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd       Gold Rose Award        Joint Category Winner

Introduction

The heavy industry of steel making does not identify with the finer points of horticulture or even
basic gardening until that is one visit the Forgemasters steel foundry works on Brightside Lane,
Sheffield. Something of a hidden treasure is well maintained and planned out features of
horticultural excellence which has to be seen to be believed and enjoyed. Alas much of this
surrounding is enjoyed mainly by the staff and maintenance crew who look after the site, along
with visiting customers and work experience students. The continuation of the schemes show no
real sign of coming to a halt and further extensions are in the pipeline for the next few years. A
credit to all involved with the project and to Vicky and David for demonstrating a knowledge of the
site.

Areas of Achievement

The entrance gates 1 & 2 are the main access points for all traffic, foot and vehicular, and are a
blaze of colour in the well planted and maintained seasonal flower boxes which gives a welcome
to all. The steel Pipe Player figure stands well in the border giving a sense of modernism against
the aged building backdrop. The main garden has established well and is now thriving despite
being on what would have been a heavy industrial site with some soil contamination present. The
wild flower borders were at their best and despite some damage with the winter weather will
bounce back next season. The newly planted Alders have taken on well and have produced an
abundance of flowers for such a young tree that the branches were drooping to the ground. The
grass verges at the South Machine shop area are a welcome change from the concrete. The
herbaceous borders were in full bloom and looking very dramatic around the central pond and
boardwalk area along with the water planting recently undertaken.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Hard to find where much improvement can be found but the new area of the Forge Garden could
be planted with a mixture of Shrub material to complement the wild flower and herbaceous
plantings and broaden the species available in the area. Continue the liaison with the River
Authority to develop the river edges to provide more habitats for wildlife along the Forgemaster
bank side and help reduce the possibility of further flooding. The garden at the North Machine
shop area is established and fits in well to the area but could probably do with some structural tree
planting in each section of types suitable in size to complement the area.



The Limes Golf Course, Barnsley        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

As one member commented 'it‟s like Augusta‟ and this municipal golf course really is a credit to all
those involved. Working with the stout Yorkshire principal of 'spend nowt' the club has achieved
wonderful results. The club house is welcoming, the displays appropriate and surrounding the 1st
Tee and Pro Shop they are of a high quality. Well done to the Limes Team and Barnsley MBC.

Areas of Achievement

The extensive tree planting programme. The well designed and implemented irrigation system.
Seasonal planting surrounding the club house. The 'recycle and re-use' ethos running through the
club.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Complete the programme of fencing at the bottom of the course. Continue the planting starting to
reap rewards on the tees. Remove remnants of old signs/posters on the netting surrounding the
first tee. In appropriate location imaginative cutting of the fairway grass could lead to a more
appealing appearance, greater wildlife capacity and a stiffer challenge for the members (if they are
up to it!).



We Care Vets Centre, Brough        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

We were welcomed most warmly by the receptionist who outlined the background and
development of the site and garden. The judges were full of praise for their efforts in taking the
time to support Brough in their entry to Britain In Bloom. The entrance to the vets was very
attractive with good use of colour the plants were well maintained and looked healthy.

Areas of Achievement

The development in which railway sleepers were used is most unusual and effective, as the plants
mature it will add an interesting dimension to the garden. The judges liked the idea of sharing
cuttings from home to plant in the garden. We were impressed by their contribution to the
environment in developing their own composting system.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The development in which sleepers are used is a shady area consider this when choosing plants,
hostas would be happy in this shady environment. You addressed the environmental issues with
an excellent composting system would it be possible to devise a safe solution to harvesting rain
water?.
Category 8C: Shopping Centres and Retail Parks



Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall & Retail Park, Sheffield Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park is an excellent example as to what can be
achieved in the category. The whole area was clean, tidy and litter free. There were very many
different planting schemes throughout this very large site, which added colour and interest.
There was a real awareness of conservation and bio-diversity and all credit goes to the
management led by Lee greenwood and Nicki Smith.

Areas of Achievement

The permanent planting around the site, much of which had to be replaced as a result of the very
hard winter. All the attractive hanging baskets and planters added colour and were well tended
with good quality plants. There were many examples of environmental awareness including the
stumpery, beehives on the roof, the wild flower meadow, the conservation of the south facing
Banking, nesting boxes (including swifts) It was good to hear that all staff are committed to the
project and take pride in their place of work and that work is done with other organisations to get
help and advice which can be reciprocated e.g. contributing to the dry stone walling in Owlthorpe.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To maintain this very high standard which makes the visit such a good experience for customers.
The green wall is a very good project and hopefully the future plans will come to fruition. It would
be good to see more evidence of working with and the promotion of Yorkshire in Bloom, as this is
very much a two way process beneficial to both parties.



The Coppergate Shopping Centre, York         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A very popular Shopping and visitor attraction in York City centre. With many visitors moving
through the Coppergate centre all the time. Over sixty five hanging baskets around the central
area add colour to this popular part of York. A very clean and attractive site. Judges may have
arrived a little early to see the baskets at their best but were assured that with feed and attention
they would develop. Unfortunately they are unable to use Busy Lizzies for the next two years due
to disease in area. Begonia sempervirens are a good substitute but more varieties could have
been used to give more impact. Overall a good entry.

Areas of Achievement

Sixty five hanging baskets around the whole central area. New bins in area make site look better.
Very clean and free of litter. Any litter seen picked up straight away by staff.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Look at colour schemes; try to add more variety of colours. Post baskets need more trailing plants
and variety of plants. Central area under tree needs some thought. Very dry and difficult area to
tackle looks tired and needs some colour.



White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The White Rose Shopping Centre is set in high quality landscape which has taken ten years to
develop and sets the standard in terms of maintenance and care. The cleanliness of the outside is
matched by the vibrant mix of shops and eating places. We were met by enthusiastic and
knowledgeable staff that showed us around and outlined the numerous community based projects
the centre is involved with. A very good overall entry.

Areas of Achievement

We were impressed by the waste reduction work and the recycling efforts of the centre. The rain
water harvesting and the installation of LED lighting to one of the car parks to reduce energy
consumption. The work carried out by the landscape contractor in maintaining the grounds around
the centre and the cleanliness of the car park areas. Events to support local charities within the
local area

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

We would like to see the replacement of the barrel planters with additional boxes at the centres
road entrances to add additional scale and colour. The winter has caused some tree and shrub
die back and would hope that the centre can replace this plant material to maintain the highest
quality landscape. We would suggest that the old barrels would help one of the local in bloom
groups add colour and plants to the local area if the centre needs to get rid of the barrels.



Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax         Gold Rose Award       Category Winner

Introduction

Woolshops is a large outdoor shopping centre in a prestigious position in the centre of Halifax. It
contains approximately forty seven retail shopping outlets, and presents a most enjoyable
shopping experience for the public. The area is tastefully and attractively presented with floral
arrangements and seating areas under a canopy of trees. The whole area is clean and free from
rubbish and is a credit to the cleaning and re-cycling team.

Areas of Achievement

A very attractive shopping area with well maintained plants, trees and hanging baskets. The
planting has been carefully arranged with plants of different heights, so that most unsightly areas
of bland concrete are well disguised. Much effort and thought has gone into the design and
planting of the precinct, and this has culminated in an extremely pleasant and enjoyable shopping
area.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The entrance to the second story car park has a high sweeping wall, which is rather bland and
uninteresting compared to the rest of the area. The addition of wall hanging baskets with trailing
plants would help to soften this space and add extra colour. Possible suggestion would be multi-
coloured leaved nasturtiums. I was most interested in the suggestion of removing fluorescent
tubes and replacing them with L.E.D's in order to save electricity. What a good idea!
Category 8D: Caravan, Camping and Chalet Parks



Longbeach Leisure Park, Hornsea Gold Rose Award              Category Winner

Introduction

We were warmly welcomed to the leisure park by Caroline who would take us on the judging route.
The judges had already had a taste of what was in store on the approach to reception which had
lovely tubs and hanging baskets outside the reception building.

Areas of Achievement

The entrance and drive to the reception was simply stunning. The plants looked healthy, weed free
and the colour combinations were vibrant. The high standard of maintenance was continued
throughout the entire site. The residents gardens were reflected in the standards set by the owners
Mr and Mrs Varley. The owners ran a gardening competition which further encouraged the
residents to improve their already immaculate gardens.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider a more prominent promotion of Britain In Bloom in the reception area.



Naburn Lock Caravan Park, York        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

This family run Caravan Park is looked after by Peter and Catherine Wilkinson and is a credit to
both of them for all the hard work they put into it. The park is on the flood plain of the Ouse but
has not stopped the Wilkinson‟s turning this area into a peaceful haven for visitors. Judges spoke
to frequent and new visitors and were told every time what a wonderful site they had. The site has
been broken up into sections by woodland hedgerows to break the wind and any noise. Facilities
were excellent everywhere clean and spacious. Good floral features. Judges could clearly see why
people keep coming back.

Areas of Achievement

Good clean facilities and well used site. Grass well maintained and a lot of it on a site like this.
Good environmental information boards to keep young children occupied. Signage very good and
plenty of leaflets directing visitors to local visitor attractions. Colourful beds and planters in
entrance both sustainable and bedding. Family involved with small village community near by.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Carry on as you are developing site. Too much would spoil the tranquillity of the area which is in a
nice location not far from York. Minor item, as discussed, possibly stain planters in entrance but
nothing more. Keep up the good work
Orchard Farm Holiday Village, Filey       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

You get a real feeling of warmth and quality when you arrive at Orchard Farm. The reception area
is very welcoming and very well maintained. The landscaping of the site is of a high standard as is
the grass cutting. The site also offers a unique miniature railway, water feature and children's play
area. The owners should be very proud of their achievements to date.

Areas of Achievement

Creation of leisure facilities. Excellent reception area. Provision of a bore hole for on site water
supply is to be commended. Very well maintained site.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Create bird hide/feeder station within the woodland fringe. Continue to identify replanting and new
planting areas as part of the landscape management plan.



Overbrook Caravan Park, Thornton le Dale         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

This small attractive park is benefiting from the work and attention to detail of this young
enthusiastic couple who have owned the park for 4 years. A wide variety of plant material, use of
natural 'waste' material, the solutions to problem/previously neglected areas and the many hidden
corners make this entry a delight to explore.

Areas of Achievement

1) Immaculate, colourful entrance and Reception. Barrels and tubs painted and spotlessly clean.
Watering system to all tubs, barrels and hanging baskets ensures economic and beneficial use of
water.
2) 'In Bloom' awards framed and on display
3) Excellent ideas, well executed, to deal with problem areas. Good use of 'waste' pine cones as
a decorative mulch and habitat, suitable pruned tree branches edge the flower beds, selection of
beautiful hostas mulched with blue/grey slate adorn a shaded bank.
4) Plants are sourced locally, bought as plugs or grown from seed. Some beds are specific - e.g.
herbs and have seating. Wide variety of plants with annuals like clary and coleus providing
permanent colour.
5) There are bird boxes, a 'bug mansion', log pile,, unmown wild flower patches where cowslips
are seeding and plants loved by bees and butterflies. Regular visitors contribute to the planting
and maintenance and also help to feed the birds.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Treat the edging of more pitches as a priority to keep gravel off the grass. Perhaps tackle one area
of pitches at a time. Look at the foliage backdrop of the smaller beds and try mass planting with
one flower type whose colour/colour range compliments the foliage as this will give impact. Keep
self seeding under control; in some beds? A good seed catalogue will unleash your obvious
talents. Don't be afraid to experiment with something a bit different.
Patrington Haven Leisure Park       Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Spectacular display of summer bedding both sides of the approach road to the site. On entering
the Leisure Park a further mass of welcoming colour of non stop begonias. Quality floral displays
all round this large complex in a good mix of seasonal bedding, herbaceous perennial areas,
shrubs, trees and hedges maintained to a very high standard. Many residents have quality
individual displays and features of their own.

Areas of Achievement

Grassy banks of wild flowers known as the David Bellamy Banks. Certain areas within the park are
maintained by the residents. Good to know that garden staff are trained to a high standard in
Horticulture and Arboriculture.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To build on what is already being achieved.



Reynard Crag Holiday Park, Birstwith      Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The setting of this park offers stunning views of the Dales, yet the layout ensures that it
compliments the landscape. The whole site is maintained to a very high standard this includes
some difficult areas that are very steep. Care and thought come across from the owners who when
changing the site layout have included new planting. The site planting is supported by the
residents own planting. Plant selection ranged from vegetables to flowers covering a wide plant
selection and being well maintained. This is a very good first time entry.

Areas of Achievement

The flowers at the entrance, along with clear signs, re-cycling site that was fenced and very tidy
set a high standard and show that the owners care for the site. The lake and woodland give
added interest to the site, and enhance the value of the area for wildlife. There are plans for
additional work to improve the pond area and the site in a positive manner.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

In respect of bird feeding along with wild flowers you could consider letting the grass grow longer
say cutting the area every second or third cut. This may help to remove the current problem.
When relevant it is helpful to have pictures of events or developments this helps judges and
provides you with a record of what has been done.
Category 8E: Country Houses, Estates and Parks and Gardens



Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield    Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The gardens at Burton Agnes Hall are a good example of well designed garden features with a
wide range of herbaceous borders. The lawns, with more than a hundred Yew topiary bushes,
surround the house. The walled kitchen garden supply the House owners and Courtyard Café
with fresh vegetables all year round

Areas of Achievement

The 7 coloured gardens are a very interesting feature. The standard of maintenance is very high
and is a testament to a dedicated head gardener and his staff. The amount of different flowers
and vegetables in the walled garden will enhance the visitor experience. The whole area was
clean and tidy and litter free.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

This is a very good Yorkshire in Bloom entry. The only recommendation the judge can make is to
advertise Yorkshire in Bloom on the notice boards in the gardens. Many school children came to
visit on „judging day‟; it would have been good for them to know what was going on and maybe
somehow get them involved, e.g. how many different vegetable names could they find?



Cannon Hall Museum and Country Park, Barnsley         Silver Gilt Award

Introduction

This historic site provides much for visitors to see and do. The Hall, parkland and gardens offer
much to both the day visitor and those on educational visits. The entrance from the car park has
information boards and direction indicators to distant areas of the site. Finance has always been
difficult for such sites but the team including a friends group and volunteers have raised large
sums of money for specific projects, this includes the soon to be installed play area.

Areas of Achievement

The way in which small projects are taken on funding secured and completed. Whilst I am sure a
large overall renovation programme would be good, reality dictates that progress whilst slow is
being made. The friends and voluntary workers who make such a difference to the site. The fact
that there is development plans even in these tight financial times show that the team is keen to
continue restoration and development for the benefit of the site and visitors.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Development of the walled garden needs to continue as the scale of it means it is not possible to
have a complete restoration at this time. Keep up the development and completion of small
projects as the overall impact is excellent.
East Park Estate, Hull     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

East Park is a most valuable community asset offering wide open spaces in which families can feel
safe and comfortable. The park offers plenty of opportunities for sport and leisure and the facilities
are very good. Improvement works are still ongoing and it will be nice to see additional planting in
autumn and spring 2012.

Areas of Achievement

The judges particularly liked the water play area which was imaginatively designed and
landscaped. The animal areas are very well maintained and extremely popular. The opportunities
this area offers for community education are boundless. The lake area offers a peaceful oasis for
wildlife and also many water based sporting activities.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The judges were concerned to see evidence of long term litter problems which did not appear to
have been tackled since our spring visit. There are small areas of shrub beds which, at present,
contain annual bedding. Could some thought be given to planting these areas with sustainable
plants giving all year round interest and colour?



Elsecar Park, Barnsley     Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The park offers many things to the visitor, from ornamental planting, play area, sports area to a
nature park and walks. A small but active friends group help in many ways to ensure that this
attractive area provides the community with a green lung. The lake and natural area provide a
contrast to the formal park area allowing educational programmes to take place. A car park and
cafe and re modelled toilets complete the facilities.

Areas of Achievement

Things such as the seats being of good quality and design make a big difference to the overall
appearance of the site. The link from formal to wildlife areas was very good. Standard of
maintenance was good and the staff had a good interest in the site.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To try to encourage the friends group to grow in numbers if possible. Continue the development
as and when funding allows. Again as a drip by drip process continue to develop links with the
community and young people to develop the sense of local ownership.
Harewood House, Leeds          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Harewood is one of the country‟s finest stately homes exhibiting charm and exuberance carefully
nestled into a romantic and rolling landscape. The gardens around the house have been carefully
designed to give scale and balance to its architecture whilst providing a softness and texture that
gently leady you into the wider landscape. Examples of crisp formality in the parterre give way to
subtle colour and texture combinations on the terrace borders, and lead onto the vibrant and exotic
archery border. What is a truly rich tapestry of horticultural splendour then flows towards the lake
via woodland through what can only be described as a magnificent Himalayan hillside garden. An
authentic „Stupa‟ (Bhutanese Temple) sits amidst a rich and diverse representation of Himalayan
plants. Winding along the woodland path you reach the walled garden where the skills of the
produce gardeners are in evidence with crops of high quality fruit and vegetables that are used in
the restaurants. It is clear from the appearance of the gardens that, a team of dedicated gardeners
lovingly tends them.

Areas of Achievement

Harewood has carefully balanced the need for activities and major events well with the needs of
the general visitor. The gardens and floral areas are maintained to a very high standard presenting
stunning displays in the terrace gardens that have been carefully designed to compliment the
Italian parterre. The walled garden is a fine example of the art of vegetable and fruit production,
providing food for sale in the shop and consumption through the tea rooms.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The staff at Harewood continues to maintain very high standards despite the ravages of
unpredictable weather, further developments in the walled garden making use of the glasshouses
would further enhance the facility. As the fruit garden matures and expanded to utilise the walls
this will in addition be an exciting and interesting aspect to enjoy.



Homestead Park, York      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

This was a discovery of a gem which is well worthy of visiting regularly not only for the floral
displays but also for the wider park and play area. The enthusiasm and dedication of the
groundstaff is evident in the redevelopments which are taking place and the plans for the future.
The formal beds and wildflower areas are both colourful and well maintained and clearly a delight
to visitors. The children's play area is well used but clean and with good facilities and families
could be seen enjoying the park. Staff in the nearby offices must be delighted at their location. Do
visit.

Areas of Achievement

The high standard of maintenance of the pathways, furniture, lawns and formal flower beds. The
opening up of vistas by removal of old shrub beds and development of the Russell lupin beds.
Development of the meadow and successional colour timed to coincide with school holidays for
interest. The new interpretation boards to explain wildlife to be seen and at entrances within park.
Development of wildlife habitats and introduction of bird and bat boxes. Facilities for public and
working with public usage in placing of pathways. Recycling of water, plants and composting.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Clearer signage at roadside is needed and possibly some signposts within park. Consider a
child's poster competition for anti litter campaign and further develop links with local schools.
Increase number of picnic tables available and develop play area with adventure play using natural
materials. A second entrance to the pond area would be welcome. Liaise with RSPCA to provide
release sites and shelters for hedgehogs and other wildlife. Create insect houses and log piles
which local schools could access for study. Further develop recycling and if possible access to
shredding facility.



Lister Park, Bradford     Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Lister Park is one of Bradford's largest district parks covering over 22 acres of land. At the heart of
the site is Cartwright Hall the former residence of the Lister Family and now an Art Gallery and
museum. The gardens present a range of facilities from recreational play to fine gardens and
botanical collections. An excellent balance of facilities is achieved reflecting the needs of its
community and cultural diversity.

Areas of Achievement

Management and site staff are to be commended for their dedication and understanding in
delivering a public amenity to a very high standard and introducing improvements that reflects the
diversity of its community and users. A wide range of events and activities take place in addition
to a range of traditional facilities such as Bowling Greens play facilities and boating lake. The site
also benefits from a cafe and cctv system.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The site is very well maintained and shows little deterioration despite its considerable patronage,
continued investment is essential. Although a traditional Victorian park developed to take account
of the cultural diversity of the community that uses it, there may be value in considering introducing
an area that reflects nature conservation.



Museum Gardens York (York Museums Trust)             Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

My judging commenced with a warm welcome by the head gardener, Sjaak Kastelijn. He gave a
brief presentation on the garden background, the Roman Fortress tower, Medieval St Mary's
Abbey and the Hospitium. The garden is also home to the award winning Yorkshire museum.

Areas of Achievement

Having known the garden for many years I was pleasantly surprised to be shown many areas
within the garden which have now had their landscape changed, i.e. the fern garden, the American
Prairie border, the butterfly border and the Limestone rock garden. Most of these areas have a
strong influence of perennial plants. Work has also been completed on identifying 7 County
Champion trees within the park.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The park has a wealth of mature trees; it would be educational and of great interest if a tree survey
was completed and used for an information leaflet handout available to the public. A good use of
herbaceous perennial planting has been used in the park but I feel that an increase in woody
perennials, i.e. deciduous/evergreen shrubs would bring more botanical interest to the garden.



Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon           Gold Rose Award          Category Winner

Introduction

A Queen Anne period house sits amidst a tapestry of sensuous and endearing gardens, Newby
Hall Gardens is not just a Mecca for all gardening enthusiasts but caters for families and children
of all ages. A miniature railway transports you around a garden full of delights, an impressive
range of garden rooms link to what must be one of the finest examples of twin herbaceous borders
in the country. Garden rooms and themed planting provide a range of style‟s that can easily be
incorporated into most gardens large or small. Of particular value is the work on plant conservation
and Newby boasts the best collection of the genus Cornus recognised by its status as a National
Plant Collection.

Areas of Achievement

Maintenance standards are very high, floral displays are exceptional. The introduction of the
sculpture trail into the gardens has added another dimension to the experience. The choice and
style of sculpture is most sympathetic with the areas chosen. Newby continues to be a most
attractive and high quality visitor experience with a very good balance of facilities for all the family.
The site continues to expand its green credentials with the introduction of an Archimedes Screw,
electricity generating device, making the estate free from the national grid.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The refurbishment of the tropical garden will add another element to the varied horticultural
features. Plans to continue improvements and enhancements to the gardens will also add to the
interest and diversity of Newby Hall and Gardens.



Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Birstall        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Oakwell Hall Country Park is owned and managed by Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Covering
some 44.4 hectares (109 acres), the site includes a grade 1 listed hall built by John Batt in 1583
and remodelled in the 17th Century. Today the hall forms part of the whole visitor attraction
containing many features and exhibits managed by the Museum curators. The Country Park has
been developed by Kirklees from a reclaimed colliery site and medium grade agricultural holding,
and is presented as a rich end diverse recreational attraction with acres of natural yet carefully
managed space, extensive walks and delightful horticultural features.
Areas of Achievement

The introduction of the John Muir Award scheme is to be commended, attracting young people to
develop their life skills through outdoor activities. The Friends Group continue to expand and are
engaged in many of the activities, development plants and refurbishment projects. Their work in
the walled garden through research to implementation with a link to 17th century garden style is to
be commended. A very good programme of activities for schools utilises excellent facilities and
interpretation in the natural areas of the park. An area called the faith garden encourages different
cultural groups to engage with the park in a series of interesting landscape features.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It is clear that the site is well used and respected by its many visitors, Horticultural standards whilst
good could be improved, and the general condition of some of the pathways could be improved.



Pannett Park, Whitby        Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Since the restoration of the park was started 6 years ago by the „Friends‟ group, many floral
features have matured into a spectacular array of colour and texture. This dedicated and
enthusiastic group not only plan and do the work in the park but also raise the money for materials
and tools. The group make the park a very pleasant place to work and visit. Pannett Park is a very
good new entry to Yorkshire in Bloom. Well done to all!

Areas of Achievement

This very dedicated band of volunteers has so much enthusiasm for the park that it will become a
very strong Yorkshire in Bloom entry for many years to come. The restoration of the Lily pond has
been very difficult but will soon make a big impact on the Park. It was good to see all members of
the group attending monthly meetings and the design and progress of the work is shared by all.
A very good idea to make a video and keep records of progress of your work.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Fasten bird and bat boxes to trees with recycled tyre inner tubes instead of nails and screws.
Show the judges more evidence of recycling that takes place in the park. On the Notice Boards
around the park, advertise Yorkshire in Bloom and Judging Day to keep visitors informed. This is
a very good Yorkshire in Bloom entry; carry on with more of what you are doing!



Parcevall Hall Gardens, Appletreewick          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

This outstanding garden was created from pasture in the 1920s by Sir William Milner. It was one of
Geoffrey Smith's favourite gardens. Nestled in an isolated site in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from
Appletreewick the house is now used as a religious retreat and conference centre. It is maintained
to a very high standard by a small staff and a very few volunteers. It is a garden for all seasons,
which combines woodland areas and formal gardens quite harmoniously. A joy to behold!
Areas of Achievement

The integration of so many different features so happily, in one limited space is a real
achievement. Over recent years old features have been restored to their former glory, and new
initiatives have been carefully incorporated into the whole. They are working closely with
Arboriculture students from Craven College and anticipate doing work on old dry stone walls, with
a local craftsman. The pond has been restored at a cost of £25,000, and again local craftsmen
were used. A local joiner has created a beautiful gate, showing great skill. Large amounts of
compost and manure have helped to create very good soil in many parts of the garden

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It is very difficult to find areas for improvement where you have a still young head gardener who
has already devoted over 20 years of skill and great enthusiasm to the site. We applaud the team!



Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington          Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is an impressive house and estate occupying 50 acres on a cliff top
location. I was taken round the gardens by two very enthusiastic employees and introduced to
various workers who were responsible for the upkeep of the gardens. Colourful and well-
maintained flower beds throughout the grounds. The secluded walled garden displayed a wide
range of plants and features. The golf course, animal section and woodland walk are a good
attraction for visitors and local residents. The work done by the „Outreach‟ workers must be
commended.

Areas of Achievement

40,000 low maintenance bedding plants edged with trimmed boxes, giving a very colourful
summer display. The replanting of trees damaged by two severe winters. The work done by the
Outreach workers, especially the garden furniture made from recycled pallets and the wide variety
of potted cuttings for sale to the general public (very reasonable too!) The good condition of the
grassed area throughout and around the golf course. The various activities and events organised
throughout the year add to the experience of visiting this very impressive Hall and gardens.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Some of the roses in the walled garden have had a bad attack of „black spot‟ and are ready for
replacement. Suggest replacing with roses resistant to „black spot‟. Display Yorkshire in Bloom
certificates from previous years. More posters in the Hall and around the gardens supporting
Yorkshire in Bloom and informing visitors about „Judging Day‟.



Sheffield Botanical Gardens       Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Stepping out from Sheffield City centre into what must be the foremost open space and an
impressive collection of plants from around the world and all this only fifteen minutes walk from the
train station. Present Curator Ian Turner and Allison Hunter of FOBS have an enviable JOB
looking after this treasure. This is a plants man‟s paradise as the majority of the collection is
labelled and the information available is second to none. Leaflets on National Plant Collections,
Conifers, Maps, Visitor Information and one of the major contributors to the gardens the Friends of
the Botanical Gardens (FOBS) gives every visitor an insight into the facilities that are available
here. Only 19 acres in size and Grade II listed by English Heritage the gardens are a haven for
visitors, both local and worldwide, to enjoy a surrounding that would be envied anywhere in the
country. Providing a backdrop for events, open air theatre, Riddle Trails and even a bear pit as
well as just relaxing it has to be a place to visit more than once, and to get involved through the
FOBS group.

Areas of Achievement

The close working relationship of the Management Staff and the Friend group along with other
volunteers, students and work placement people have made the gardens accessible to all and,
along with providing a very high standard of horticulture, it is designed to be within every ones
reach, able and those with disabilities. The management of the gardens where horticultural
practice does not use any type of chemical pesticide, herbicide or inorganic fertilizer has to be
applauded and the recycling of garden waste has proved very successful in the standards
achieved in the seasonal bedding areas and other sustainable plantings.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The planned re-shaping of the old Mediterranean Garden area will be another item to add to the
Development and Continuity program of future plantings to be undertaken. Consideration could be
given to upgrading the “Visitors Book “location in the Glass Pavilions as this is a very well used
location and has a major role to play in the remarks of people visiting the gardens.



Stewart's Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum Trust, Pocklington             Gold Rose Award

Introduction

These picturesque gardens set in over 8 acres feature two lakes that are the home to the National
Collection of Hardy Water Lillie‟s. The largest collection to be found in a natural setting in Europe.
The judging tour was jam packed with interest including rock gardens, a natural shrubbery, a
secret garden, a formal Victorian garden, an aviary and a museum dedicated to the colourful life of
Major Percy Stewart. A pleasure to judge one of Yorkshire‟s finest tourist attractions including an
opportunity to feed the ever-grateful Koi carp.

Areas of Achievement

Recently constructed and well designed admission/retail area incorporating a green roof.
The introduction of statuary. An expanding collection of water lilies in spite of one of the harshest
winters in living memory. The Victorian garden offing a fine example of colour co-ordination,
design and plant selection. Support for educational visits.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A new project to redevelop a woodland are that has suffered a loss of Elm trees with a stumpery, a
bug hotel and a jungle environment feel to it which will be an excellent focus for children.
On-going replanting of the grotto due to frost damage.
Sutton Park, York     Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Sutton Park is a family home of great style and character. The gardens compliment its formal style
with mixed plantings, of herbaceous and woody perennials. The Woodlands holds a fine collection
specimen trees, and views into the landscape and countryside beyond. The formal gardens and
ponds provide key features of interest along with the fernery and Ice House. The walled garden is
now used by 'Minster Falconry as an area to display birds of prey and provide public displays and
events. The vegetable garden is maintained by one of the estate tenants and still shows a good
range of annual crops.

Areas of Achievement

The gardens display a good range of interesting plants set in a traditional country estate setting,
losses over the winter have taken their toll but there is a continuous programme of removal and
replacement. The Walled garden is now well established as a Birds of Prey activities site, with a
good relationship and range of events provided by Minster Falconry. Colourful displays adorn the
cafe building adjacent to the car park

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Areas of the gardens are showing signs of age, the fernery and vegetable garden would benefit
from phased improvement in both design and maintenance. In general the horticultural
maintenance is good however there is room for improvement although it is appreciated that this
would increase costs.
Category 10: Neighbourhoods



Barkisland in Bloom                 Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Planted areas superb. In keeping with the natural environment and enhancing the entrances to the
village. Enthusiasm now spread to residents who are not 'members' resulting in further
improvements. Very impressed by the work done in the last two years around the area, and
especially the help from various groups within the village, all enhancing community spirit. A pat on
the back well deserved.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

- Memorial Garden for farmers wife lime green/red which is under development.
- Area opposite Post Office tarmac pull in for parking.
- Improvement to paving and bed to enhance view and eliminate H&S risk from paving.
- verge cutting.



Bishophill Gardeners Club, York           Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

A highly commendable attempt to 'tame' this neglected Church Yard from total abandonment after
the Church was demolished many years ago. Gradual control of the majority of the area so that it
can be used as a meeting/social area by the residents from the local high concentration of
terraced houses. Community compost bins are proving successful. There are regular
helpers/supporters for this clean up project - 'a real community spirit'. The club has only been
established in the past year.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Develop flower areas. Encourage 'locals' to donate plants to the site and look after them. Work on
efficient composting with a view to it being used by the members for small areas and window
boxes of their own. Plans for 'Four Community Meets' a year at the turning of the seasons. First
summer fete took place in mid July. Consider lifting the boughs of the boundary trees to let in more
light. More benches to encourage residents to stay in the 'Quiet Space'.



Castle Close Northallerton                Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The community has turned the residential area into a riot of colour which must add to all the
residents quality of life with a variety of planting. Everyone seems to be involved whether it‟s just a
few tubs or whether they are keen gardeners and the judges feel sure that much advice is passed
around to the less experienced ones. The residents are also keen on conserving the environment
with several water butts and bird feeders around the site. The site is obviously well cared for and a
great pride is taken by the residents
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control the residents were not able to show the
judges around the site so it is uncertain what the residents plans for the future might be. Maybe a
communal feature maybe something to consider. The residents may wish to consider planting a
few more vegetable or herbs within the site



Chapeltown, Sheffield              Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The Chapeltown in Bloom Group are a well organised constituted body of up to 15 members and
holding regular meetings to plan and organise projects that will enhance the town‟s environment.
The Group is in a healthy financial situation and has attracted a number of sponsors. It also has its
own website to promote its work and encourage others to contribute to the improvements taking
place. As a designated Thriving Local District Centre it is also receiving the support of the local
authority to achieve environmental and other improvements identified by the local community e.g.
development of the Millennium Garden, landscaping with new plantings on roundabouts and in
conjunction with the Friends of Chapeltown Park, implementing a number of new projects within
the extensive park, particularly the outstanding new play area. The Group are also involving local
schools. A number of wooden plant containers have been constructed by pupils of Chapeltown
Comprehensive School, which are sited throughout the central area adding colour and interest.
The Group is concentrating on improving the central area initially but have already identified a
number of projects within other parts of the town. The Memorial Garden is of a high standard and
is an excellent example of what can be achieved on other sites. Members wear In Bloom high
visibility bibs to promote the In Bloom competition and the work undertaken by the Group. The
central area is remarkably free from litter and graffiti thanks to local individuals and regular work
parties.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

On-going development of the Millennium Garden – retain hedge, thin trees, re-site seats and add
more. On-going development of town centre roundabouts adding colour and interest with mix of
annual and more sustainable planting. Amend wooden planters to accommodate more plants.
Work with the local authority to introduce more recycling facilities. Consider possibility of utilising
the unused corner area adjacent to the precinct as a further raised bed for mixed
annual/permanent planting. Maintain the strategy to gradually expand improvements to other
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Identify “gap” sites and seek approval to implement temporary or permanent environmental
improvement works. Continue to build on the excellent links established with the local authority,
schools, business sector, sponsors and other allied groups and set a target date for full entry into
the Yorkshire in Bloom Competition.



Coupland Road Residents Association.             Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The group‟s enthusiasm and the drive to improve their surroundings were very encouraging. The
floral displays paid for by the group at both ends of the street were of really good quality as were
the hanging baskets along the street. The orchid area and adjacent flowerbeds made for a
pleasant area to sit and reflect just off the high street. The group‟s willingness to take on projects
to benefit the residents of the street whilst having fun was a real credit. The many ways the group
has of fund raising is a credit and has made this group self sustaining in a short period of time.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Carry on with plants to expand the orchid area. Try to get some more links into the management
of the OAP‟s complex and explore the possibility of expanding the fruit tree planting within their
grounds.



Devon Garden, Sheffield                    Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

This park has been rescued from neglect and misuse to form an asset to the local area. It provides
a safe area for a children‟s informal play etc. It shows what can be achieved by a successful
Friends Group. The Group have a Stewardship Agreement with the Council to give them backing.
Removal of overgrown shrubberies has given a nice open aspect and dog problems have been
simply solved. A valuable, safe green area.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

As the tree population is much of an age and approaching maturity, perhaps some thought should
now be given to successive replacement planting. The shrub beds may need pruning this winter to
keep them within bounds and further bulbs and herbaceous plants will enhance the south border.



Earswick Scented Garden Project, York             Level Achieved: Outstanding

Areas of Achievement

A very attractive, established and colourful garden. High Standard of maintenance in both the
border and grass areas. Emphasis on scented with the inclusion of Liliums, Roses, Lavender,
Viburnem, Phlox and scented foliage. Something for all seasons and tastes. Hardworking
community spirited workers attend the 'Space' with commitment and enthusiasm. Photographs
show the development and transformation of the site from the former use as a bowling green.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A difficult site in a dry season - is very sandy and free draining - suggest if practical, to mulch using
'home made' compost in places where plants are more up right as opposed to ground cover.
Thoughts on building arbours with seating to create some comfortable shade. Gap up areas where
plants were lost this past winter - in the short term this could be achieved cheaply by direct sowing
of hardy annuals.
Edible York – Barbican                   Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Though this scheme is at an early stage of development, the planning and implementation of the
„Ideals‟ of Edible York are very evident. (Transition period from reliance on oil to the future) With
the help and assistance of the local authority and a grant, the development of the area from what it
must have been - a neglected area in a very prominent location - to its present format is
remarkable with vegetables growing in a roadside and cycleway space. It was interesting to
witness a local resident harvesting some veg from the well-grown produce. Information about the
scheme and individual labels on pieces of old roofing slate told the story and encouraged local
people to participate.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consideration should be given to what the area will look like during the winter months, and when
the majority of the crops have been harvested. Currently there are about seven people involved in
the Edible York project and if the plans for the future development and extension of the scheme
are to be realised then more people need to be encouraged and recruited so the benefits can be
realised throughout the City.



Edible York - Peasholme Green            Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Though this scheme is at an early stage of development, the planning and implementation of the
„Ideals‟ of Edible York are very evident. (Transition period from reliance on oil to the future) With
the help and assistance of the local authority and a grant, the development of the area from what it
must have been - a neglected area in a very prominent location - to its present format is
remarkable with vegetables growing in a large raised bed. It was interesting to witness a local
resident harvesting some veg from the well-grown produce. Information about the scheme and
individual labels on pieces of old roofing slate told the story and encouraged local people to
participate.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consideration should be given to what the area will look like during the winter months, and when
the majority of the crops have been harvested. Currently there are about seven people involved in
the Edible York project and if the plans for the future development and extension of the scheme
are to be realised then more people need to be encouraged and recruited so the benefits can be
realised throughout the City.



Ferniehurst Dell, Baildon                Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

To have become established and start on a number of projects is getting the group off to a good
start.
The work at Glen Aire School is setting a good standard for children to follow. The plan to develop
Ferniehurst Dell and restore the park land is positive for the community.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The scale of the Ferniehurst Dell project is such that a lot of work has been done to establish base
lines. It would be good if these could start to form an overall plan for the project. This will ensure
that the information is available should opportunities come along and also set goals for the project.
It should also help to establish priorities.



First Start Allotment, Firth Park, Sheffield     Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

An established allotment which benefits from the backing of the SureStart scheme and the
attendance of a paid leader. After a period of neglect the site is getting back to shipshape again
with five organised groups attending with planned activity and the work of keen volunteer helpers.
Special one-off classes/events are also run. A wide range of fruit, flowers and vegetables are
grown, all for local consumption, and composting practice is active. An asset to the local
community.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The next plot is being taken over to widen the scope of the scheme. This and continuation of the
cleanup will keep the workers employed for some time. The Mare's Tail weed on the site could be
a bit of a problem as it needs to be forked out to control it.



Foxwood Estate – Acomb                    Level Achieved: Improving

Areas of Achievement

This new group have done splendidly in a short time by providing large flower tubs and improving
the area around the blocks of flats. Saplings have been planted along with spring bulbs and the
area outside the community centre is a good mix of sustainable colour and annual filler. Young
people are involved and are being encouraged to join in. Andy from the local council has been a
great source of knowledge and advice as well as practical help. Litter picking events and a
newsletter have encouraged locals to put additional floral containers at their homes ad it was good
to see so many tubs and hanging baskets. There are plans for further improvements in the future
but more help is needed.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to encourage youngster participation with poster competitions, painted pebbles and
handicrafts for fund raising as well as further bulb planting. Try to encourage occupants of the
flats to take on care of the tubs such as watering and dead heading freeing the group to
concentrate efforts on new projects. The tubs deserve good upkeep. Seek support from local
traders perhaps collecting tubs for loose change, notice board or window displays of children's
posters. Plant sale and a gardener's question time may be ways to increase local interest and
knowledge.
Friends of Acomb Green                  Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The group has encouraged an increase in use of the green which is well used and there are a
number of fund raising community events including a carol service and summer fayre. The local
school children have developed two flower beds in the shape of snails and were involved in
planting spring bulbs etc. An overgrown and dark corner has been opened up and there has been
planting of new trees. Plans for the future include making a new disabled entrance and access,
improving communication and engaging feedback. As well as the chore group there are many
other volunteers and supporters and close work and liaison with the council.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Lighting and bins need attention, preferably replacing to bring them up to the standard aimed for.
The addition of new shrubs on the banking with possible thinning of the current ones. Further
development of the wild flower planting on the bank. Enlarge the snail beds and choose more
appropriate plants in future. The addition of interpretation boards.



Friends of Highfields Community Orchard, Huddersfield              Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Getting started and using a former school play area to plant a community orchard, whilst only
being able to secure a short term lease. The group has achieved a good start on the orchard
planting many donated trees. An active group with 46 members. The project should be an
inspiration to those who seek to use small areas of land to provide a true benefit to the local
community.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The main issue is of course attempting to secure agreement for the long term use of the site. The
site provides a green lung and develops food growing at the centre of the community.
When possible, control of the Ragwort would be a good thing, to prevent further spread of the
plant.



Friends of Hob Moor, York               Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

The group has worked hard to attempt to make the site more useable whilst conveying to the
public the need to be aware of the needs of the moor if this site is to continue to be a haven for
both wildlife and the public. Dawn chorus bird walks. Litter picking and notices to inform of the
ecological need avoid dog fouling of the area. Involving schools and children in wild flower
planting and poster competitions.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks
Sadly the increased use of the moor seems to have driven away the skylarks. Extend the guided
walks to perhaps include Fungi. Provision of additional benches, possibly through donation or
memorial.

Fulford Community Orchard, York          Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Taking ownership of a little bit of history just outside the village which would have been lost. Good
boundary hedge layering. Identifying varieties of fruit trees within this very old orchard and trying
to preserve them. Getting the community on board and the help from volunteers. Grant funding to
help secure and preserve the Fulford Orchard and keep improvements on going.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Introduce new trees but preserve the varieties. Introduce more apples to Orchard. There is a
problem with rabbits destroying some trees which is a shame. Map out the orchard and look into
archives as to its history. Develop wildflower areas. Encourage groups to visit and help
volunteers. Good educational resource.



Fulford in Bloom, York                   Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

As a first time entrant this small group have done very well in getting people on board to improve
their environment. Both young and elderly groups have become involved and its showing what can
be done in a very short period. Good variety of planting throughout village with both bedding and
sustainable planting. Very clean entry which we would encourage to join into Yorkshire in Bloom
as a village in the future if they wished. Good support from local businesses and can only
improve. A good example of community involvement.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Keep records of all activities and make portfolio for future judges. Several areas on going and will
only improve entry. Plan route and check areas not previously visited. Judges did spot some nice
areas at back of Main Street. Don't take all the work on yourselves use community groups in area
and your links with community. Well done



Greenwood Terrace, Barnsley              Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Friendly and welcoming it was a real surprise to find this site in central Barnsley. The project has
brought the whole street together. Bountiful vegetable and soft fruits. A variety of gardening
designs and styles. The sharing of skills, equipment and knowledge was evident. Well done to all.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to involve all, even those less interested and the rental tenants.
Grenoside Green, Sheffield              Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The creation of a local amenity for all to use. The school sampling project and the pride the
children have it the space. The stone carvings. It‟s ever increasing use of a wide variety of
events.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The formal pathways should be edged before they start to blend into the grassed areas. Keep up
the excellent work.



Harrogate Homeless Project              Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

A remarkable achievement from a neglected overgrown plot to a colourful, productive garden.
Good choice of plants to encourage bees and butterflies, and a well screened wall covered with
honeysuckle and other climbers. There is obviously a working partnership with several other
groups.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps remove the overgrown conifer hedge and replace it with various shrubs such as
Ciborium, Pyracantha, and Cornus etc., to create a more varied effect. An additional water butt
placed near the greenhouse would be useful.



Highfield Court, Keighley                      Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Through hard work and endeavour, what could have been left as yet another area of municipal
grass has been transformed into a splendid colourful garden. Full marks for effort and initiative.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Further development is difficult. However the planting of a seasonal trailing plant such as
Nasturtium on the perimeter, could add even more colour.
Hunmanby Allotments Association                  Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Tree planting scheme with the in bloom group. Independent committee managing 30 plots.
The management and maintenance of the woodland walk which links the allotments to the
village/recreational facilities (including dog walk).

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider building/landscaping/tree planting to screen the industrial estate. The encouragement of
young people. Consider introducing some interpretation boards at the site, especially highlighting
aspects of the woodland walk.



James Street Gardens, Thornton                   Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

The support and encouragement of the Co-op and dedication of the In Bloom members has built a
solid framework for the establishing of another community hub in Thornton. The catalyst of the
garden to adjacent residents to maintain and enhance their own green space.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

A review of plants to include more sustainable planting in the future will help with the upkeep of the
area. The placing of additional planters, both on the wall and empty corners would enhance the
area and help integrate the shop and garden



Laburnum Grove Community Gardens, Stocksbridge                 Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Laburnum Grove is a wonderful example of a group taking the initiative to improve the impact of
the area around their homes and involve most of the residents. The raised beds are colourful well
planted with the plants being raised from seed where ever possible. The weeping cotoneaster
makes a good centrepiece in one of the beds and the alyssum is absolutely thriving. The grant
from the Co-op has allowed them to purchase equipment to keep the grass in pristine condition
and to buy a green house. The residents‟ gardens are bright and colourful with a good choice of
plants. They are working with the council and 2 recycled planters have been donated.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The group have plans to continue to work with the council to improve the areas in front of the flats
and to reposition the planters so that this area is the focus of the attention on entry to the grove.
The triangular area could be enhanced with wild flower planting and the other side by planting five
trees. A communal compost area are might be created near to the green house. A community
social event might encourage the other residents to join the group.
Lynwood Gardens, Sheffield               Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

This project started in 2003 achieved a lot with raising considerable funds from several sources
and by involving other organisations and local people. The development of Lynwood Gardens
Master plan in conjunction with the local authority, BTCV and Sheffield University is impressive.
The one and a half acre site provides a wide variety of features including local access routes for
residents, Community space for events, Composting for locals residents, and a wide range of
habitats for a wide range of native species, both fauna and flora. Congratulations to the two
volunteers who have been involved for a many years and through their dedication the scheme has
developed.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Review some maintenance regimes for certain areas for the benefit of the native flora and fauna
and for the benefit of local residents. We wish the group every success with their plans to further
develop the wetlands area, and the long term plans to rebuild the unique Crozzal wall and open up
the area, which will extend access to a larger part of the garden for the Friends and other local
residents.



Mytholmroyd Station Partnership                 Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

What began as a station clean up has blossomed into a high profile group with excellent
networking and sponsorship which has had a great impact on the facilities both for rail passengers
and residents in the surrounding area. There is no doubt that they are proud of their local heritage
and are encouraging others to explore and enjoy it too. The station platforms are immaculate and
the planters are well stocked with colourful geraniums and lobelia. The effort involved in
transporting water up to the platforms is to be admired. The dull area under the viaduct has been
transformed with well planted barrels with an ingenious water butt close by. There is a good choice
of perennials in the raised beds at the church of the Good Shepherd and in surrounding residents‟
gardens.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The Partnership should keep up the momentum to find a use for the station house and to provide
seasonal artwork displays in the windows. The siting of the new cycle rack at station could provide
an opportunity for the children, young people and volunteers to design and build a new sensory
bed. A management plan to improve the wildlife and wildflowers in the graveyard at the Methodist
Church by selective grass cutting might be considered together with enhancing the wild flower
area near the Manchester Platform. The Himalayan Balsam is invading the area around the river
and viaduct and volunteer working parties might be arranged to control it.
Old Mill Grove Gardening Club, Halifax          Level Achieved: Outstanding

Areas of Achievement

A first class community achievement where everyone participates and helps each other. The
whole area was awash with blooms, trees and vegetables, and everyone was encouraged to
participate and make use of all the facilities. Many planters, tubs and containers had been re-
cycled from waste materials, and everything was put to good use with imaginative and creative
planting. An extremely good example of a community working together in order to enhance their
environment.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The group are well aware of the areas which still require improvement and are continually striving
to increase and improve the area in which they work and to regenerate other areas of the
community. I feel sure that they will achieve success. They are continually working towards the
future and planning for success.



Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square, Scarborough              Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The concentrated efforts improving this green space has really brought the community of Trafalgar
square together. The quality and maintenance of the boat flowerbed give a striking focal point to
the space.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

There are some young trees that really need a bit of extra help if they are to survive. Re-tying and
stabilising them would be a good start, and if the weather continues to be so dry some water too.
Remember they're only babies and need looking after!

Rishworth Environmental Group                   Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Fundraising - car boot, fete, Christmas Fairs all raising profile of the group. Liaison with Junior
School. Bat Boxes with Rishworth School. Improvements to children‟s play area.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Tidy broken glass from adventure/wild plays area. Grass areas to be adopted and improved. More
cohesive overall plan required. Improve signage. More impact needed from oak planters.



Ruswarp Garden Society, Whitby                  Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

There is good involvement with local community and support in planting, fund raising (quiz night
etc) and donation of plants. Support has been gained from local authority, businesses and other
organisations. Locals take part in an Open Gardens event. Recycling is evident with support for
water collection, composting and resources e.g. retaining polyanthus in churchyard for future
bedding. The green is a delight with a variety of plants and vegetables, grass edges well
maintained and features which involve local heritage.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

By grouping plants in the mixed border you will create greater impact whilst maintaining the variety
of plants. Beware of planting shrubs too close to features to allow for future growth. Continue to
keep a fun element whilst encouraging others to support and grow the project. Information boards
for "Brother William" area will give more interest.



Scarborough Old Town                     Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The engagement of different groups is a great achievement and a good representation of the
population of Scarborough Old Town. The floral displays and the children‟s flower bed competition
are a great conversational piece. There are some difficult growing conditions to overcome in this
entry and these have been tackled well.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The area covered by the Old Town is vast. This entry would benefit from having a map and a
planned route which takes in a few main features which are matched to the criteria, rather than
trying to show everything in a limited time.




Spindlewood Neighbourhood Watch, Elloughton                  Level Achieved: Outstanding

Areas of Achievement

The entrance to Spindlewood is very attractive with lots of colour and appropriate planting; the
judges noted that Bob had themed the planting for the royal wedding. The border plants down
each side of the immaculately swept paths and road were provided by the residents who brought
cuttings from their own gardens. Bob had been trimming the hedges and nestled in amongst them
was Bob's wonderful topiary. The residents had successfully communicated with the council to
improve the footpath and in particular the lighting from Spindlewood with access to the school and
church. The neighbourhood work in harmony, coming together to raise funds with a fun Christmas
Carol evening. When thick ice covered the road Bob described to us how all able bodied
neighbours worked to clear the road completely. The residents took pride in their gardens which
were very interesting and varied.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to use the good gardening practice you already employ looking always to improve the
sustainable aspect of planting. Consider the conservation of wild life in your area and your choice
of plants to attract them.



St. John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss                 Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Churchyard volunteers have come forward to be involved with the "In Bloom" group and Yorkshire
in Bloom. Effort made by volunteers to create a natural environment within the churchyard to
encourage the growth of wildflowers and potentially insect life and small mammals. The
development of the wildflower area giving virtually year round displays. The adjacent wildlife area
means potentially the 2 could run together.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

This is a long term commitment and it is still developing but it will be interesting to see this in 2/3
years time.



Swinton Court Good Neighbour Association, Harrogate                   Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

Stimulating the local community to be closely involved with this project. Top marks for encouraging
and stimulating active participation of children, some only 3 years old. With limited resources,
improving the raised planters. Plans to create a Constitution which could lead to further support
and funding.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To actually achieve some of the proposals for future projects. To develop composting and other
environmental projects. Perhaps plant up some of the unused grassland areas with e.g. fruit trees
and shrubs attractive to wildlife. Given further support, the area offers exciting possibilities!

The Beighton Orchard, Sheffield           Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The Orchard has gone it alone this season and what a way to go. The site is a step back in time
showing what a Victorian orchard would have looked like as some of the trees are over 100 year s
old and still producing. After entering through one of the finest sets of Steel gates protecting this
site a way to greet the judges must rank among the best with an “apple song” composed and sung
by children from Reignhead School. There is a balance of well mown short grass with various
clumps of taller wild flower meadow type scattered around the site giving habitat for many
invertebrates.
The orchard has been saved from destruction and restored over the last 7-8 years by various
dedicated groups of people led by Don Elkes who showed the judges this wonderful site.
The recycling compost heaps are well tended and provide much needed top dressing for the base
of the newly planted trees that will ensure the longevity of the orchard for many generations to
come.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The tree nursery area will be developed into an apiary next year to provide much needed bee
activity to pollinate the many fruit trees, young and old. Keep the records of the orchard up to date
with the newly planted trees to ensure correct recording of planting dates etc, probably a project to
be taken on by one of the local schools. Continue the Apple Picking and Gala days as a possible
way of raising income to offset the apiary work and other projects in the pipeline.



The Landing of The White Butterfly, Whitby               Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The level of community support with this entry is steadily growing with donations of money, trees
and plants. There are an increasing number of colourful containers now displayed by
householders and further planting on the approach road. A delightful flower bed has been created
with tubs of sweet peas to give height and fragrance. Environmental concerns are being
addressed although there has been a snag with composting. Consideration is being given to the
choice of planting to create sustainable planting with space for addition of seasonal colour.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The planting in front of the rock face could benefit from grouping plants and choosing ones with
foliage impact in this shady position. Care must be taken with a number of saplings planted in
close proximity to each other, thinning will be required. Careful consideration must be taken in the
level of work taken on by individuals, some delegation may be necessary. Look for alternative
ways of planting the butterfly to suit the difficult site perhaps with more sustainability.



The Railway Heritage Project, Thornton                   Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The recognition of the potential and the bring together of the community to develop this hidden
Railway heritage site that is a very positive addition to the village and a pleasure for passing traffic.
The exciting plans to link the garden with the school and woodland area

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The plants are looking good, but a careful review of some of the more vigorous ones may be
needed before they out grow their space and dominate the overall effect.
The Stocksbridge Clocktower, Sheffield                Level Achieved: Developing

Areas of Achievement

The actual area is the Stocksbridge Clock Tower Garden and is a very tidy and well maintained
garden at the entrance to Stocksbridge. The five year Management plan 2009-2014 has set out
standards that aim to be achieved over this period and is a very good tool for the management of
such a site. The main entrance is a colourful sight with the recently planted herbaceous border
that gives the visitor a warm welcome into the gardens. The seats provide a respite as the slope
of the garden can be a bit daunting and the new litter bins ensure the area is litter free. The
seasonal bedding is good quality and provides a very colourful attraction in the grass bank. The
whole area is clean , graffiti free and very well maintained by the Local Authority and well
presented to the judges by Simon and Mary

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The Hollies adjacent to the Clock Tower need to be pruned "pepper pot" shape as they are
beginning to block out the clock to the sides of the tower. The shrubberies along the top wall need
to be kept in check to prevent overgrowth and a balance of wilder plants maintained to encourage
insects & butterflies etc. The group are considering moving the flower beds and care needs to be
taken to ensure that the present standard can be maintained when doing so. An ageing tree
population could be a problem later and a few select trees could be looked at for replacements.
The top gate situation needs to be sorted to allow a through passage for visitors and locals.
Possible location for considering a wild flower meadow in agreement with the gardens
maintenance staff and management plan



Travis St. Lawrence CE Primary School, Hatfield              Level Achieved: Outstanding

Areas of Achievement

The school in a period of only 4 years has achieved stunning results. They have moved the
extensive school grounds from basically grass to thriving floral, sustainable and vegetable planting
schemes involving the whole of the local community. We were most impressed by Sue Jordan‟s
drive, enthusiasm and gardening skills and the very obvious wholehearted support there is from
her colleagues, school pupils and local residents.

Especially commendable are: Involvement of and partnership with the local community, Infants
School and other partners in the scheme. The success of "Get your Grown Ups Gardening days”
Working with pupils to care for the gardens of a local care home. Integration of gardening into the
school timetable so that pupils are able to garden regularly, supplemented by lunch time and after
school clubs.

Involvement of pupils in all aspects of the gardens from design, through planting and, in the case
of vegetables, harvesting and use. Harvesting seed and growing all of the plants themselves.
Sales of surplus plants and vegetables to raise funds. Teaching good gardening skills and proper,
safe use of tools to pupils. Excellent quality of plants, both floral and vegetable. Innovative
engagement with pupils during the winter months to make features for the gardens and grounds.
The School progression to level 5 as an RHS partnership school and the invitation to become an
RHS teaching school. Very good overall environmental quality and use of composting and water
recycling. respect for the natural environment, creation of wildlife havens and plans to create a
new wildlife area. Extensive tree planting(1500) around the perimeter of the school field to help
overcome site challenges.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The school already has plans to develop both the site, their existing links with the local care home
and infants school, we would like to endorse and encourage these. We would also encourage
further attempts to involve the local Secondary School, perhaps they would be willing to allow their
students to mentor and support the younger pupils. whilst we understand the very good reasons
why we were unable to talk to pupils on our visit . It would be lovely and we think rewarding for
them too, to show judges their achievements. There is very little else we can say as suggestions
for development , other than keep up the truly excellent work.



Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Sheffield              Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

We were very impressed by the level of volunteers and the farms links with the local community.
Operating the farm in small cell units is a very effective way and provides more effective control of
the volunteer effort. The new education building and facilities were of the finest quality and the
farm is now set to maximise the education side of its operation. The newly planted vineyard and
the links with Sheffield businesses such as Gripple and the wider sponsorship has to be
commended

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

We think that your pick your own concept requires some further work in order to maximise the
through put and bring some order to the operation. We feel if this is reorganised we would suggest
that you also consider the development of the vegetable box delivery locally as a potential income
provider to overcome the peaks and troughs of production. You have put a great deal of
infrastructure work into the field watering system and there is a need to get on top of the weed
problem to improve further the quality of the vegetables produced. We feel that the farm and
many of the operations have great potential but suggest that you carefully plan and cost future
projects in order to achieve the best return on investment. The education work carried out at the
farm is first class but you should also consider the casual visitor experience and badge and sign
some of the facilities to give some visitor interpretation in order to gain repeat business.



Whitby YHA          Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

Despite a very exposed site the volunteers are restoring the gardens back to the original gardens
done by the monks/nuns for cooking and medicinal treatments. This has been made possible by
help from Yorkshire Water who offered to support the project financially. Local school children
have also helped with the restoration of the garden. The newly formed group of volunteers have
named themselves „The Friends of the Physic Garden‟. Well done!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

As the site is very exposed new plants could be damaged. Careful thought must be given to the
type of plant used; professional advice would be recommended. Thought to some form of
screening to protect plants should be considered. In future years place posters advertising
Yorkshire in Bloom and the Judging Day in the Hostel and Gardens. This will inform visitors and
residents what is going on and also promote Yorkshire in Bloom.



Willerton Close, Dewsbury        Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The proof of this communities success lies in the way in which it has developed over the years. It
could be described as a 'slow burn', using example rather than direction to encourage the
neighbours of this lovely close. The commitment of all the community to keep their gardens tidy
and well planted was clear to see. It was impressive to learn of local residents taking care, with
permission, of gardens of empty properties and that new residents are keen to support this
community entry. The whole area was very clean, weed and litter free.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To continue to encourage, by example, the neighbours in this lovely close, especially the new
residents who may benefit from Trevor's experience and support.



Windmill Meadows, Wilberfoss            Level Achieved: Thriving

Areas of Achievement

The cleanliness, absence of graffiti and general maintenance of the area was excellent. Some of
the planting areas e.g. alpines between the paving on the driveway was very innovative. The
general quality of the gardens, planters and hanging baskets were very good. There is an obvious
pride on the part of all who live at Windmill Meadows.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Whilst the Wilberfoss "In Bloom" group took us through this area and there is obviously contact
between the group and Windmill Meadows it would have been better had a representative of WM
been present to discuss their future plans and their involvement with other groups and their plans
for the future.
Category 11: Harrogate Flower Show Young Peoples Award



Applegarth Primary School, Northallerton       Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

There is obvious enthusiasm from all sections of the school for gardening and their local
environment when arriving at the school. Small areas have been cultivated close up to the school
and vegetables and apple trees etc are planted on the field along with a wild area there is great
diversity for the children. With enthusiastic staff and a small amount of funding it just shows what
can be achieved – well done

Areas of Achievement

The variety of areas within the school grounds used by all ages. The wildlife area will become a
very educational area for the children and useful to be involving Northallerton in Bloom. Good to
hear the school has invested in training of the staff to become Forest School leaders which can
only widen the opportunities for the children

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider planting daffodils along the fence line with the children. Further maintenance is needed
on the willow dome but the cuttings can be used for other projects. Consider joining the RHS
Campaign for school gardening or consider becoming an eco school. Maybe try growing potatoes
with the children in pots or tyres. Continue to planted apple trees on the field maybe in the future
there will be enough to organise an apple day



Aspin Park School Community Garde, Knaresborough             Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

It is the children‟s enthusiasm, combined with the school staff and much parental support and
encouragement that make Aspin Park School a delight to visit. In the Spring, the School was the
first primary school to receive a Gold Award in the Harrogate and District Biodiversity Action
Group‟s Wildlife Friendly Garden competition. The school also received two awards of gardening
vouchers in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Children showed the judges round a most
impressive flower and vegetable garden, that give good crops, and that any allotment gardener
would be proud of. The imaginative sensory garden illustrating „smell, touch, sight, hearing and
taste‟ is one of the many highlights of the children‟s guided tour. 1000 crocuses, donated by
Rotary had been planted. The willow classroom, painted traversing wall, „Buddy Bench‟, memorial
tree, and the wildlife area, are only a few of the many features to be seen. A good entry.

Areas of Achievement

Throughout the visit, the children showed a creditable understanding of the many projects shown
to the judges. The school‟s eco-club encourages environmental awareness, which the children
certainly seemed to grasp. The „buddy bench‟ around the memorial tree is a most touching feature.
It was encouraging to hear about the future plans, and the „Fairy World‟ project sounds exciting.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The judges hope the school can continue to maintain the same high standard of enthusiasm and
involvement in the future.



Brightside Nursery & Infants, Sheffield     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The school is sited in an impressive Grade 1 listed building, which rather limits what can be done
and space to do it. The school is making full use of all available space and has its own Green
Team of youngsters, with duties around the school. The presence of a staff member to organise all
aspects of gardening, environment and nature across the school is a big asset, and it shows.
Colourful displays and vegetables planted by pupils abound.

Areas of Achievement

The Wild Garden and the show for Sheffield in Bloom were good, as were the beds planted with
Buddleia, with their little areas for pupils to just dig. Pupil, and parent, involvement was high.
membership and sponsorship helps a lot.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The Wild Garden may need pruning this winter to improve access and safety. We hope you can
persuade English Heritage to allow window boxes, they would be an asset and out of the way of
play.



Busy Bees, Brough      Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Jo and Sue met us and we were given a warm welcome, Sue and Jo's enthusiasm was palpable
from the outset of our visit. The idea of hanging baskets, using appropriate planting in the front of
the nursery was very well planned to link the colour of bees and the nursery's name; a fun idea for
the young children.

Areas of Achievement

The judges enjoyed the enthusiasm of the staff and children when entering the divided play area.
We observed the children using all of their senses when standing by the raised beds. We know the
children will be using all five senses when they harvest the vegetables. The variety of flowering
plants, herbs and vegetables was well thought through to enable the children to gain maximum
use of their five senses. Some of the children could name the vegetables and tell how they would
cook them. The variety of raised beds suitable for the age and height of children together with a
variety of planting to match different age groups has enabled a rich source of cross curricular work
to be followed.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The garden project is in its infancy and we know the staff are considering plants to attract more
wild life and they will in the future consider water harvesting to address environmental issues.



Cathedral School, Wakefield Year 10 XL Princes Trust         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

This is the first time Cathedral School has entered the competition. There is a small group of
students from year 10 and 11 who are on an alternative curriculum involved with planning,
clearing, cleaning and planting this lovely area. There are two raised beds used for growing
vegetables, two flower beds with a mix of annual and perennial planting, a small composting area,
water butt and a small bug hotel. This is a lovely area and is complimented with the small pond
containing two ducks that do not seemed fazed by the presence of young people. Much has been
achieved so far and it has great potential to improve further.

Areas of Achievement

The whole area was really clean and tidy, as were the greenhouse, shed and composting area.
The gardens looked well cared for, the soil was in good condition and well planted. Many of the
plants and vegetables have been grown from seed. The group have raised funds from a
sponsored walk, collecting Morrison‟s Vouchers and the Princes Trust, they intend to grow
vegetables and plants from seeds and sell them to raise further funds next year. Last year they
supported Pontefract in Bloom and came third in the 'Designing a Flower Bed' competition. This is
a relatively new project and it was really good to see the commitment from the young people
involved.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The plans for planting in the second raised bed will improve the area. Continue to work with
Groundworks as they will be able to help you further with understanding what plants will work well
and may be able to supply recycled compost. There were one or two weeds visible in the beds and
pots and what looked like rosemary that had died. Consider further perennial planting in the two
beds, perhaps using lavenders and perennial germaniums. It may also be more cost effective to
introduce perennial plants in the second bed and supplement it with annuals in the summer
thereby reducing your costs. The plans to hopefully have chickens on the site and sell eggs will
increase your funding greatly. We discussed the containers at the front of the school and hopefully
they will be further planted to brighten up the area in spring.



Charnock Hall Grounds and Gardens, Sheffield         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

It was delightful to be shown around the large, outstanding garden areas of the school by a group
of such enthusiastic, well mannered and knowledgeable children. With the help of their teacher
and other staff, paved and grassed areas have been turned into educational and productive
growing areas that the children genuinely enjoy and learn from.
Areas of Achievement

Congratulations on creating such an interesting, educational and enterprising garden. Headed by a
very keen teacher, the children have really got the gardening bug! Quality fruit and vegetables are
grown for use in the school kitchen with surplus being sold to parents and friends. Excess fruit and
vegetables are made into jam and chutney and sold in branded jars to help raise funds. The
children have very good knowledge of gardening practices and techniques and grow a wide range
of crops. This year wheat is being grown and a local baker is going to help the children make
bread. The school has recently been awarded an Eco- Schools Award for its green policy and the
children keep an excellent record of their activities.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

We wish the school every success with future plans that include more soft fruit, a plant nursery and
woodland walk. watch this space!



Christ Church School, Sowerby Bridge         Silver Rose Award

Introduction

The school is blessed with a lovely natural area of woodland as part of its grounds. Christ Church
School uses its grounds to best advantage, led by Trevor, the knowledgeable Caretaker. With a
well used greenhouse, vegetable patch, woodland, wildlife garden and pond, the grounds are an
asset that the school takes full advantage of, with class activities and a flourishing gardening club.
It is pleasing that the area is so well used by the children of the school.

Areas of Achievement

The vegetable garden is well laid out in a difficult space. The proposed growing tunnel will add
greatly to this when in position. The range of habitats created is good, with trees, areas of long
grass and the pond, as well as the bird and bat boxes offering lots of potential educational
activities. We were pleased to hear that the site is run as organically as possible. The newly
developing fruit garden is an exciting project. There are large areas of grass which were neat and
tidy. It is good to hear of the links with Woodbank Special School.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider planting buddleia around the school buildings to encourage butterflies closer. Continue
to develop and expand vegetable gardening with a wide range of age groups throughout the
school.
Consider introducing herbs and scented plants for the enjoyment of the children, especially around
seating area. Consider providing seating areas with shady planting for hot days. Consider
encouraging the children to produce lists of birds, insects, plants etc. which they can find around
the site.
Darton Primary School, Barnsley Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Darton, constructed only 4 years ago is a first time entrant and shows real potential. With support
from the site owner (Carillion), sympathetic grounds maintenance and the freeing up of space for
more schemes the school could achieve much. The enthusiasm amongst the pupils and staff is
obvious and as there knowledge grows I expect to see them pushing for silver gilt medals and
beyond. Well done.

Areas of Achievement

The vegetable plots, little left due to the recent sale but you could see the care put into them.
Knowledgeable and friendly pupils. The wildlife area. The 'boggit' display in the school.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Pursue the challenge to gain access to nearby woodland. Focus on quality, the seasonal floral
displays should be as big and bold as possible, plant early and make sure they are well
maintained.



Dunnington Cof E Primary School Nature Garden           Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

Attractive approach to school and main entrance - colourful plantings at the base of black
boundary wrought iron school railings. The immediate enthusiasm by the teachers and children
was apparent. My attendance (presence) in school assembly was quite something!

Areas of Achievement

A fantastic 'crop' of runner beans growing in very large planters. Vegetables in main plot - a good
selection grown, the knowledge of the pupils is amazing. Science garden/Sensory Garden/Bug
House and the intention to plant fruit in Autumn 2011 are noted - pupils forward planning. Forest
Garden planted in spring 2011. Use made of tree stumps - seated surround.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Better site for growing vegetables - the knowledge of the children was apparent and they were
aware that it was under shade/cover of large tree branches - competing for light and water, this is
urgent for future achievement. New permanent small shrubs, preferably evergreen to plant behind
seated area at the tree stump.



East Whitby C.P. School       Bronze Rose Award

Introduction

This is a new entry which has achieved much in a very short time and with a particularly overgrown
site to start with. With the enthusiasm of the children supported by the parents and staff the future
looks good for this entry. We were guided by the children round the displays showing the
achievements of the gardening group and were impressed by the knowledge of our young guides.
It is clear that this group has taken on a big task but the benefits are already clear to see.

Areas of Achievement

The welcome of a variety of tubs and window boxes by the side of the path leading to the front
door was the result of children growing and planting their own containers at home then returning
them to the school. Raised beds have been created to grow vegetables near to the greenhouse
which is well used if small. Renovation work has been undertaken on raised beds in the
playground and there has been a number of fruit trees planted thanks to the Morrison's scheme.
Children regularly empty the special recycling bins from around the playground to make compost.
The woodland area is used to create various habitats.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The vegetable raised beds would benefit from addition of organic matter to improve the soil. Other
raised beds will need determined effort to rid them of the grass and perennial weeds. Grouping
the containers would give greater impact and larger containers will be easier to water and feed.
Tree stakes need some correction to avoid damage.



Eskdale School Gardens, Whitby       Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Eskdale is a middle deemed secondary school with courtyard areas and a larger garden area
which was developed after removal of large conifers, these are cared for by the students with
support from ground staff. There are plans to further develop the area and integrate the use of the
outside area with the learning experience. We were greeted by a schoolboy scarecrow created by
the                                                                                       students.
The garden area is used and enjoyed by a number of outside organisations as the school has
become more integrated with the local community.

Areas of Achievement

The courtyard areas provide a sheltered area for students to use with raised beds and seating.
Good sized raised beds have been developed for growing vegetables which are also used to edge
rose beds and in other places utilising wood kindly donated by a local firm. A newer gravel area
has been planted to add variety. Composting takes place and there are bat and bird boxes on the
site.
A new area has been developed to grow both hard and soft fruit.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps the site can be utilised in lessons in the future with more development of horticulture and
planning. Grouping plants will give more impact and certain areas of the garden need redesigning.
In the second courtyard area more attention needs to be paid to weeding. The staking of the new
apple trees needs correction or damage to the trees by rubbing will worsen.
Fountain Primary School, Morley Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A fantastic start to this first time entry. The support of staff, parents and the wider community is
evident around the school, and with the continued support of the Morley in Bloom group we should
see this entry grow over the next few years.

Areas of Achievement

The seasonal colour at the entrance gates and main reception area. The involvement of the
children across the school in creating their own spaces, whether it is sensory areas, veg patches,
planters, or scarecrows. The knowledge of the children as we went around the school and the
links being made to the curriculum. Their Green Day event and work with parents, staff and
PCSO's. The commitment of the head to support the projects from school funds and the help and
enthusiasm of David in helping the children to develop the gardens.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The plans for the wildlife area and bog garden will add interest and diversity to the school grounds.
The murals planned for the new bins to encourage recycling. Consider ways to improve gathering
water around the school for the use on the gardens and planters. The use of the Payback team to
help tidy up the car park area will be a constructive project for both parties.



Hunmanby Primary School         Gold Rose Award               Category Winner

Introduction

The school continues at a pace to excel in all aspects of the criteria and should be      extremely
proud of its achievements to date. The staff and children work hard to achieve a          very high
standard. The judges had a very inspirational visit and the Gold standard is very well    deserved.
We wish the school every success for the future as they continue to aspire further        within the
competition.

Areas of Achievement

Introduction of a mural. Dedication of staff and their commitment to the children. The enthusiasm
of the children is quite outstanding. New glasshouse project. Overall standard of maintenance
across the school grounds.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Creation of a willow tunnel. Continue to role out the excellent range of projects contained in the
school management plan.
Kirkby Malzeard CE Primary School Silver Rose Award

Introduction

With insight and encouragement from the Headteacher and Miss Reeves, the pupils in Year 3/4
have designed, planted and maintained a good allotment with 'Dig for Victory' as part of their World
War 2 project. Both the children and their parents have enjoyed the home grown produce. The
judges thought that the potato salad was excellent too. The new school entrance and the line of
newly planted trees is a great enhancement to an already very tidy school.

Areas of Achievement

A clean and tidy environment for everyone to enjoy. A compact, interesting vegetable garden
created by Year 3/4 and their 'Dig for Victory' project. The recently planted trees, lining the new
school entrance. Good use of supermarket vouchers. The low maintenance, open garden and
seating area.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue with plans to resurrect the wildlife area and cater for whole school use. Perhaps
introduce a Gardening Club involving more pupils. It would be good to replant the boxes on the
Astroturf - involving the early years pupils. It would have been lovely if the judges could have
spoken to a larger group of children to glean more information.



Low Moor Community Kids' Allotment, York            Gold Rose Award

Introduction

The Community Kid's Allotment in York is a children's Saturday Club where members aged 7-12
years are taught about growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables in a safe and friendly
environment. The CKA is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who have good gardening
knowledge and teaching skills. The sessions are very much hands on and they children really get
involved

Areas of Achievement

Now in its 8th season the club remains very popular and the children all have an informative and
enjoyable Saturday afternoon. Each child has their own plot and chooses what to grow. After two
years in the club, children can move on to the Community Nursery Allotment where they take on a
large plot with a parent or family member. Several local schools have also taken a plot and pay
regular visits to the allotment. The CKA members also visit other groups and last year entered their
produce in a local horticultural show, with great success. The CKA have also been invited to take
part in the York Edible School Group to help promote and support growing fruit and vegetables in
schools. Each child pays a sub for each session they attend.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The CKA is very active and involved in promoting the enjoyment of growing fresh produce.
Continue to work with other groups and schools within the York area.
Making a Difference Molescroft Primary School, Beverley           Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Outstanding wall baskets full of colour and variety. The display can also be enjoyed by the passing
public. Theme of the entry - "Because we Can". During school assembly a film was shown "A Year
in our Garden and Grounds", covering every aspect of the years work, all age groups involved in
this presentation. total commitment by Teachers and Pupils was apparent throughout the whole
entry.

Areas of Achievement

A new Tub Competition - 14 tubs depicting special occasions and or events - pupils own designs
theme and appropriate plant content, each age group of pupils were in attendance to explain their
entry. Vegetables grown organically in raised beds were a very good standard.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

To maintain and build on what has already been achieved.



Malin Bridge Primary School's Green & Growing Garden Project, Sheffield Silver Gilt Rose
Award

Introduction

This 1904 School is surrounded by hard paving and the landscaping is therefore harsh. The
introduction of the School gardening club is a very welcome introduction to the school curriculum
and provides not only an important learning environment but adds some important plant life to the
surrounds. There are vegetable planters and floral / shrub planting boxes. In addition to this they
have a small plot at the end of the under cover play area again with a varied mixture of planting
including slug traps cat deterrents and a bug hotel. The strawberry tree was very ingenious. Water
collection was evident. There are 20 pupils in the gardening club with a healthy waiting list ! .(the
School has 430 on role)

Areas of Achievement

All the plants were healthy and well cared for and it was obvious from our visit that the pupils had a
strong desire to learn everything about plant life. The pupils present on the day explained to us
their role and interest with great clarity. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm of the
teacher which was strongly supported by the Head Teacher and Governors all are to be
congratulated in their commitment to this project. The general support received from parents.
Sunflower competition to raise funds.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

We looked forward to hearing about the success of the introduction of chickens and learning more
about the bat boxes. Just continue to build on the excellent work already achieved.
Marlcliffe Primary School's Secret Garden, Sheffield        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

This late Victorian school hides a secret...behind the school walls a new garden, created by pupils,
parents and staff is a joy to behold. Adjoining a local allotment the effort is obvious and the results
there to be seen. The enthusiasm for the garden is clear with pupils and staff keen to show all they
have achieved. Well done to all those involved and keep up the good work.

Areas of Achievement

The rejuvenation of the once unloved site. The collection of many thousands of vouchers to start
improving the space. The vegetables, soft fruit and flowers to be seen in the garden. The pride in
the site shown by pupils and staff as well as their knowledge.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

While a work in progress thought should be given to keeping the garden free of inappropriate
debris.
Could some planting be brought into the school grounds in key locations? Continue the super
work to date.



Moorside Infant School, Ripon        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

An absolutely outstanding entry. The children‟s knowledge, understanding, pride and commitment
had great impact. This has only been possible by the enormous dedication of staff and support
from parents, friends, in Bloom Group and the local authority. the Children eagerness was
confirmed by continued activity in their own homes and reporting back. Congratulations. a credit
benchmark to the school's education curriculum.

Areas of Achievement

The total awareness everywhere to learning and making things interesting was a pleasure to see
and enjoy. The children taking part with the judges were great ambassadors to the school.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The annual changing projects initiated by the Head, followed up by the school's visits. Continue to
maintain and enhance the children's complete interest.



Oakworth Primary School, Keighley Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

An enjoyable visit to a school where every opportunity is taken to encourage the children to be
involved in developments taking place in the school grounds. The "Bring a Plant Week" to plant up
the class group containers was innovative, as was the eco-garden maintained by the children
themselves. The positive support of parents and school for the garden club has paid dividends
with a multitude of planted containers throughout the school grounds. A sterling effort and well
done.

Areas of Achievement

The children‟s real awareness of the practicalities and issues concerning recycling. The eco-
garden as a valuable learning aid. The range of plant groups grown throughout the school
grounds, embracing ornamental and fruit and vegetables.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The possible introduction of an herb garden to increase awareness of plants for culinary use.
Development of a programme to review existing provision and the introduction of additional
features.



Paisley Primary School, Hull             Bronze Rose Award

Areas of Achievement

Paisley School is just starting on a very exciting journey of discovery in creating the school garden
and our guides showed great enthusiasm in what they are achieving. They were keen and
enthusiastic and this is to be commended. The planters at the main entrance to the school were
colourful and welcoming to visitors.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps the school could forge links with other schools throughout the area that have an
established school garden. This would be a useful opportunity to swap ideas and see how other
schools look after their grounds. The judges would strongly recommend looking at the Campaign
for School Gardening on the Royal Horticultural Society website which gives clear and practical
guidance in easy stages on setting up a school garden. May we suggest that the school contacts
the local allotment association to ask for support and advice in setting up the school allotment?



Parkside Primary School, Goole          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The school frontage is very welcoming with good floral displays. The horticulture
engaged in by the pupils is across the board covering floral, vegetable, sustainable and
environmentally friendly. The Headteacher, staff and pupils are to be commended for all their
efforts across the four seasons.

Areas of Achievement

The gardening group of pupils were very conversant with all types of planting, knew the names of
all the plants, the benefits of wild flowers to the environment and fresh vegetable produce to their
diet.
Pupils demonstrated good communication skills and confidence conversing freely with the judges.
The work of volunteers and fund raising. from parents. The wildflower concept is to be
commended, however this will need careful management year on year.
Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The completion of the boundary planting will enhance the site. Certain areas would benefit from
being turfed to address the problem of perennial weeds in certain locations.



Pocklington Infant School "Gardening Gang"          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The judges were warmly greeted by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of pupils and we
were impressed by the innovative use of the available resources and landscapes plus the
development of different areas of interest and biodiversity. A pleasure to judge with definite
potential to progress in the Bloom.

Areas of Achievement

The sensory garden with new pergola. Raised vegetable beds as an allotment area tended by
individual classes. The Harlow Carr „Together we grow‟ award-winning garden.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The wildlife area requires some attention to detail in particular the ponds. Fruit trees, which are in
their third year of growth are in need of pruning.



Ravenscliffe High School Community Garden, Halifax           Gold Rose Award

Introduction

What a pleasure it is to visit this school, it is an inspiration that other schools may want to copy.
The garden has so many different areas where students can experience most aspects of
gardening from propagation to cropping and using the fruit and vegetables they have produced.
The work is still ongoing, with the proposed development of a wildlife pond and environmental
area. This is a fine example of what can be achieved with vision and hard work.

Areas of Achievement

On a small sloping site, the achievement of so many useful, productive and interesting areas is to
be very highly commended. There is wonderful and fantastic support from the local and wider
community through practical involvement and sponsorship. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps the development of a wild flower meadow adjacent to the orchard would not only
encourage wildlife but also reduce maintenance.
Rothwell Haigh Primary School, Leeds         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

You are greeted at Rothwell Haigh School with a riot of mixed floral features which are
complemented by interactive information on every wall. The reception class is leading the way with
its enthusiastic teacher that is embedding growing and the environment into the pupils at an early
age which will undoubtedly inspire them to become in bloomers in the future. The children‟s
allotment was a very good addition to the school and the produce was of an excellent quality.

Areas of Achievement

The children‟s allotment area on Haigh Lane which was full of excellent produce. The Large
ongoing banner which publicises Yorkshire in Bloom and the many environmental display boards
around the school. The overall use of limited space in the reception area that was festooned in
plants and displays on biodiversity and the natural environment. The ongoing planting projects
within the reception and nursery were a credit to all involved.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue with future plans to develop wildlife areas within the schools grounds. Continue with the
fund raising events to help fund future developments.



Ruswarp School Garden and Wonderland, Whitby               Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A good welcome from both members of staff and children. It seemed that all pupils were equally
enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their environment. There was an overall cleanliness and a
complete lack of litter – thanks to the „eco picking litter team‟. To the rear of the school is a large
open playing field backing on to the Esk Valley Railway. Financial support from the
Parents/Teachers‟ Association and the Public House opposite has provided the Adventure Trail
and the climbing wall. There are many imaginative ideas to be shown, in addition to the well
thought-out children‟s‟ garden, which has much promise. The recently revived gardening club meet
after school on Thursdays, and a few children are also involved in Whitby in Bloom. The year old
Wonderland project is most imaginative, giving children a true awareness of environmental issues,
and a group of attentive children gave the judges a comprehensive explanatory tour of this exciting
project. The children‟s‟ eco council have much to discuss. Children contribute to a Rotary Shelter
box.
Congratulations on a very good first entry after a few years absence.

Areas of Achievement

The highlight of this entry is the on-going Wonderland project, which has, and continues to involve
children, teaching staff and parents. There are too many individual features along the guided tour
to list – but „Mint Classroom‟, „Creature Towers‟, and „Mayfly Manor‟, come straight to mind. To see
such genuine enthusiasm in young children is most refreshing.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The building blocks are in place in the children‟s‟ garden, and environmental issues such as
composting and catching rainwater are clearly evident, but time needs to be spent in dealing with
invasive grass and weeds. Apart from the floral bed at the front of the school, the entry would have
been improved by a better display of plants around the school. It would enhance the school‟s
participation in YIB to have some suitably placed posters to announce the judging day.



Scholes County Primary School, Leeds         Gold Rose Award

Introduction

With the support from the Head and encouragement from Paul and the staff, the children have
helped to create numerous spaces around the school to brighten and enhance the area both in
terms of colour and wildlife. The work being carried out in the school allotment is encouraging; the
children are able to grow and taste new things.

Areas of Achievement

The knowledge of the children when asked about the vegetables in the allotment and the wildlife in
the pond area. Their enthusiasm to explain what happens in each of the garden areas. The
inclusion of fruit and vegetable growing in the nursery area linked to play. The collection of fruit
waste in the playground for the compost bins and the water recycling from the shed roofs. The
continued links with the Scholes in Bloom group, and the competition to design the flower bed
outside the school, well done to Parris.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Continue to encourage all ages groups and abilities to be involved in gardening projects across the
school. Consider some form of interpretation in the pond area as to what might be found there.



St. John of Beverley RC Primary School        Gold Rose Award

Introduction

Warm welcomes awaited with the children enjoying their mid morning break in the attractive play
area. "Jewel in the Crown" for this entry is the outstanding variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs
grown organically. The vegetables in particular were of quality, size and pest free. Pupil knowledge
was 'amazing' and speaks volumes for the commitment of everyone involved. Pupils in 2 and 3a
explained in great detail every project. Wildlife garden - special note on how the woodpecker had
made entry holes in the bird boxes much larger.

Areas of Achievement

Log piles - branches and twigs just laid so that invertebrates have protection from predators.
Wood/log table made from tree trunks, timber from this felled tree displayed and made into animals
etc., in wild life garden. New Bee House - an original design. New Peace Garden developed from
the children‟s ideas.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Nettle/rainwater tank to make liquid plant food, why not introduce a comfrey tank - compare the
St. Mary's C of E Primary School, Keighley        Silver Gilt Award

Introduction

The school has taken advantage of its extensive grounds and developed a number of areas to
support "learning outside the classroom". The involvement of the children and their enthusiastic
participation was plainly evident, with their work in the allotment garden being of a very high
standard. The schools initiatives in sustainable energy capture, wildlife and conservation, all at a
practical level, are to be applauded.

Areas of Achievement

The diversity of the plant material on the school site as an educational resource is to be
complimented. The Casey‟s Corner garden and its various features should be recognised as an
excellent project, well executed and successfully established.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The development of a "Global Garden" in the extensive grassland area, where a mown path and
strategically planted and labelled shrubs and trees, native to countries outside the UK, could be a
consideration.



St. Mary's School Knaresborough         Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

It becomes quickly apparent, that this is a good entry. Children seemed most knowledgeable and
enthusiastic, when showing the judges their efforts. The walk through the woodland area revealed
many „secret‟ stopping places – bug mats, worm house, insect wood, were all pointed out, as was
the pond. All educational. The prayer area for „collective worship‟ is to be remembered. A well-
tended and imaginatively laid-out vegetable garden was shown to the judges by several excited
children, and it was easy to see why the Gardening Club on Wednesday lunchtimes is so popular.
This entry benefits from the support the children receive from both the staff and parents

Areas of Achievement

The interest and education that children find in the large and diverse woodlands area. The
children‟s participation in Rotary‟s Polio Eradication campaign, by the planting of 1000 purple
crocus bulbs. Large wooden planters at strategic points, protect certain grass areas and act as
signposts around the school. And the enthusiasm of the schoolchildren will be remembered.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

There are so many activities and projects to deal with, and the judges wish the school all success
in the future.
Stakesby Community Primary School Whitby            Gold Rose Award

Introduction

It was a delight to return to Stakesby to view the development of this entry. Once again the sheer
enthusiasm of the children for everything from litter picking to weeding and growing a diversity of
plants was so encouraging. The school grounds are well used for outdoor classrooms and study
and the all who take part and support must see the very positive results. The school has been key
in encouraging other schools to take part in "green" projects. There are plans for further
developments in the future and we look forward to returning some time.

Areas of Achievement

The welcome at the entrance to the school with colourful planters, flower beds and a scarecrow.
The utilisation of the willow structure to provide material for further arches over benches and a
tunnel for the nursery. The revamping of the woodland area to a storytellers garden and the
provision of insect hotel and other wildlife habitats. Participation in the Great Green project and
encouragement to others. The Nursery schools herbs, sweet peas and learning journeys and the
obvious enjoyment of the children of the mini willow tunnel. The newly developed orchard area
and so much more!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Further extend the orchard area and develop raised beds to grow vegetables . Extend the willow
tunnel in the nursery. Consider changes to planting in the jubilee garden with addition of soil
improver.



Stamford Bridge Primary School        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

It is great to see the local primary school supporting the Bloom initiative and to be greeted by such
an enthusiastic group of „reception age‟ pupils and their equally committed teachers. It was also
good to meet the local residents who lend their support to the school‟s gardening and
environmental projects.

Areas of Achievement

The sensory garden, wildlife area and the tree planting.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

New development to the rear of the school. Enhancing the link between the school and the local
Bloom committee.
Warley Road Primary School, Halifax       Bronze Rose Award

Introduction

There was not doubt that it was judging day at Warley Road School as I was greeted by a warm
welcome and a large banner together with photographs of the children at work. The lead teacher
Rifet Iqbal with the help of parents Noreen and Hayley and councillor Keith has inspired pupils to
plant tubs at the entrance to the school and at strategic places around the playground. They have
transformed the memorial garden and made it into their own secret garden

Areas of Achievement

This enthusiastic group have worked wonders to transform this difficult site using their barrels,
planters and potato sacks. They used a variety of planting in imaginative ways, combining flowers
and vegetables in all the tubs. The children have enjoyed the artwork involved in making the two
impressive banners; one outside the school and the other in the playground. Lots of children have
been encouraged to work with soil for the first time and have found they actually enjoyed it!

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

The group already have plans to extend the areas of imaginative planting and landscaping. The
bed with conifer at the entrance to the school could well be enhanced with a different planting
scheme. The Memorial Garden would be an ideal place to show off hanging baskets and some
climbing plants or fruits up against the walls. The new seating area will make an ideal focal point
for future projects.



Westways Primary School, Sheffield        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

A lovely garden area in a quiet secluded corner of the school grounds that was originally laid out
approximately 10 years ago. The garden has mature planting, a wildlife area, small greenhouse
and several growing plots that are looked after by enthusiastic parents and children.

Areas of Achievement

The amphitheatre within the garden makes this area an ideal outdoor classroom where many
areas of the curriculum are covered. Children are involved in the garden club and also help out on
extra maintenance days with parents and volunteers. Local businesses have supported the
garden by offering donations, products and discounts and further funding is raised by an annual
open day and plant sale.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Plans are in hand to extend the garden into the main, large tarmac playground to create a 'Green
corridor' to link the areas. This development will allow and encourage even more children to be
able to use the garden. Ideally it would be good for each class in the school to have its own
plot/feature to allow teachers and pupils to take on a greater responsibility for planning and
growing.
Wharton’s Primary School, Otley          Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The entrance way to the school has some outstanding floral features which are a credit to all
concerned. These are complimented by several raised planters which have an allotment feel to
them and are used by parent /pupil groups. The pupils that greeted and showed the judges around
were very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm to show off the schools achievements.

Areas of Achievement

The raised planters to the entrance way that were being used as allotments by parents and pupils.
The usage of the cherry tree trunk to make seats for the playground and wood chip. The home
grown vegetables which are used in the schools kitchen. The many outstanding floral displays to
the front of the school.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Although the schools wild life area is developing well, consideration should be given to leaving the
grass uncut to encourage more biodiversity. The perimeter of the playing field could be managed
to encourage wildlife. Look into linking up with Otley in Bloom with regards to getting the pupils
involved in growing some plant material for the many planters around Otley.



Willow Tree Primary School Garden, Harrogate           Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The school is 70 years old and has extensive grounds with different planting areas. These are
used by the school both for their curriculum and for extra-curricular activities including a popular
and thriving gardening club.

Areas of Achievement

The school is to be congratulated on its achievements so far, with a wide range of activities
including the Gardening Club. The established 70th anniversary garden and the wildlife garden
with its bug hotel were to be commended. The students were obviously knowledgeable about the
plants and vegetables they are growing and enthusiastic as they cropped their well-grown
produce.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Perhaps create a bog garden in the wildlife area, and make interpretation boards. Possibly
develop a Tree Trail, where all the trees are labelled.



Wilthorpe Junior School, Barnsley        Silver Rose Award

Introduction

Wilthorpe Junior School is a large site with children who are clearly enthusiastic about their school,
gardening club and different garden projects. We were met by informed and excited children,
giving a fun and detailed tour of the school grounds offering fresh produce and snippets of
information on the way.

Areas of Achievement

Enthusiasm, pride and knowledge of children who take part in the Gardening Club, congratulations
must go to teacher Andrew, who runs the Gardening Club and has passed on his enthusiasm for
all things horticulture to the children. Wide range of gardening projects undertaken, throughout
much of the extensive school grounds, with a range of functions e.g. Grown Your Own, Sensory
Garden, Hedgerow and Willow Tunnel.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Number of projects undertaken through much of the school grounds, due to scale of site some
were better maintained and understood than others. It is appreciated that school has many
demands on volunteer and parent time, it would be good to see a more integrated approach with
volunteer support to ensure all projects are maintained and further integrated in to classroom and
school activities.



Wisewood Primary School, Sheffield         Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

What were once bare areas of tarmac have been transformed into several, very interesting 'zones'
including an outside classroom where the children can enjoy and appreciate plants and gardening.
Enthusiastic staff, with a great deal of help from the school caretaker, plus some parents has
engaged the children who now work hard to look after the school garden with great pride and
enjoyment.

Areas of Achievement

Excellent community spirit has allowed so much work to be done to the school grounds over the
past few years. Parents have actively collected Morrison‟s vouchers to purchase tool and
equipment and local businesses and groups including the Garden Gorillas and the police have
helped with various projects. The children are very involved and enjoy working in the garden and
looking after the hens that roam the courtyard garden. All classes take part in a growing
competition with great spirit and enthusiasm. Children also help to raise additional funds by
helping out at plant and produce sales. The school has been involved in a project called 'Growing
Together', The Sheffield Food Festival and the Eco Council. All gardening activities are recorded
around the school with great effect

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

It might be worth considering more permanent, sustainable planting in the many, large recycled
containers around the grounds. This would add more structure to the garden and also help to save
on maintenance, thus allowing more time for the many other projects that are being planned. In the
productive vegetable area the potato crop hadn't been earthed up and many green potatoes were
visible. For an even better crop next year it would be worth carrying out this procedure. We look
forward to seeing the garden develop in the future.
Category 12: Universities, Colleges and Further Education Establishments



Sheffield Hallam University      Gold Rose Award        Category Winner

Introduction

A seat of learning not just for students but local people, business‟s, local authorities and as
important the staff at the University. The whole concept has the idea that brining people on board
has the desired effect of gaining importance in the community of which they are a major player.
The University is a combination of city campus sites coupled with an outlying campus in a
conservation area allowing access to the general public and within a walking distance to the city
centre. This has the wanted effect of inviting people in but also adds to the management
responsibilities around the sites.


The areas are impressively well maintained in all aspects and the sites seen on the day were very
clean and tidy. The work on recycling is impressive and indicates how a business this large can
become involved down to the recent initiative of saving roof rainwater. A well organized
introduction and tour by Marie and Nigel culminating in a “pleasant” lunch and discussion period
with other “Bloomers” of the team. “Yorkshire in Bloom” was well evident throughout the site and
also in a well prepared portfolio.

Areas of Achievement

Introduction to the various University sites is very good and well designed map boards (PIP‟s) and
sign boards direct and inform students and visitors of their location and destination. There is little
evidence of graffiti and the city centre sites are litter and weed free. The horticultural standard is
excellent and the floral aspect of baskets on buildings is very good. Nigel and his team should be
pleased about the way they conduct their works program to achieve and maintain this standard
throughout the sites.


Environmental and sustainability projects are very high on the agenda and receive national
recognition and range from Fair Trade involvement to “state of the art” building gizmos, as
described by Marie. The new building has the latest technology such as ground source heat
pumps and other buildings have the green roof development installed


Student involvement is, as expected, high on the priority list through volunteering with local
schools and communities to environmental initiatives to training people on riding bicycles. The
Student Union is an active component of the University and its life.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

While there is a very impressive campus setup it is important to ensure the current standards are
maintained and that there is no overstretching of resources which would cause a decline in later
years.
The Sensory Garden has to continue to develop and some structural planting of mature varieties
such as Bay, Rosemary, Lavender etc may help to create a more substantial Victorian effect to the
garden.
The Student/Greenhouse partnership has the potential to develop into a very successful project
that will give positive results if fully managed by the students. Care needs to be taken not to over
subscribe.
The Hallam site treescape needs to be managed very closely and some young tree planting
programmed in to ensure a continued tree cover for the future generations. The Arundel Street
project has the potential to open up this corridor and in conjunction with SCC create a stunning
access to and from the University main entrance which needs to cope with demand and hence
does not need more clutter.



University of Bradford     Silver Gilt Rose Award

Introduction

The judge‟s were very impressed by the standard of the new build/ old buildings within the grounds
of the top and bottom campuses and the way the landscaping complemented the structures. The
University had some very interesting features and will be a worthwhile entry for many years to
come.

Areas of Achievement

The green roof at the upper campus and the planned development of more in the future. The high
standard of the landscaping around the new build at both sites using recycled materials from the
site wherever possible to cut down on landfill. The wild flower areas at the upper site added a new
dimension to the University grounds. The many seasonal floral displays around both sites were of
a very good quality and are a credit to all concerned. The site set aside for the local residents and
students to grow their own vegetables.

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

With the University being over two large sites consideration should be given to the length and
content of the judging route. This will enable you to cut out any gap sites that are still under
development or due to be pulled down. Carry on mulching the shrub beds up to reduce the need
for manual weeding. Consider leaving some of the grass a bit longer to stop it getting parched
with the sun.



York St John University     Silver Gilt Award

Introduction

With the number of students and the issues it brings, on a variety of sites, the enthusiastic
horticultural team cover a wide variety of disciplines to a high standard, looking after traditional
areas like the quadrangle and the more modern landscapes such as the student union area,
creating areas for recreation and contemplation for all who live and work there. The treescape is
commendable with some unusual species such as Betula nigra. The redevelopment of new areas
can only enhance the campus further and create even more areas to be enjoyed by the staff and
students

Areas of Achievement

The various features within the grounds such as the Peace Garden and the vertical green wall and
the high standards of maintenance. The partnership with Askham Bryan College students and
other volunteers. The involvement of the students in the wildlife area. The variety of trees around
the campus. It is also good to see the planting for the future with new trees within the grounds
along Lord Mayors Walk

Further Development – Constructive/Helpful Remarks

Consider using herbs or vegetables in some of the planting schemes around the college. The
students may be encouraged to get involved. Good to hear about the new developments within
the college during the coming winter season and to see the display boards of new plans and
photographs of recent projects. Consider replanting areas such as the herbaceous beds in the
Quadrangle. Consider various types of mulch on some of the beds to help aid moisture retention

				
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