Blossoming Leeds gardens up for top environmental prizes

Roundhay Park scooped the RHS's prestigious 'Best Public Park' award in 2014.
Roundhay Park scooped the RHS's prestigious 'Best Public Park' award in 2014.
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Green fingered Leeds residents have had their hard work in sprucing up the city’s gardens rewarded with a nomination for a major environmental prize.

Leeds is one of three contenders for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom’s ‘Large City’ award, with members of In Bloom groups city-wide hoping Leeds can claim the top award for 2015.

In Bloom groups from Scholes and Woodlesford will also fly the flag for Leeds in the ‘Large Village’ and ‘Urban Community’ classes respectively.

Judging will take place this August before the winners are announced at a special awards ceremony in Sunderland, which is set to take place in October.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “To be nominated once again in this category is undoubtedly a massive pat on the back for all of our In Bloom groups, council staff and partners who do such a wonderful job in making our communities look so fantastic throughout the year.

“We would also like to offer massive congratulations to both Scholes in Bloom and Woodlesford in Bloom for their individual nominations which are very well deserved.”

Leeds will compete with Hillingdon, in London, and Birmingham for the 2015 Large City award, which it narrowly missed out on last year despite claiming a Gold Award. Kippax in Bloom also earned a Silver Gilt in the ’Urban Communities’ category, while Roundhay Park was presented with the ‘Best Public Park’ award in 2014.

There are more than 50 In Bloom groups and more than 1,300 floral displays in Leeds. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/communities for information.

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