City strikes gold in awards

Leeds made its mark at this year's Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Leeds made its mark at this year's Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

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Gardening enthusiasts struck gold for the city at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Leeds was named winner in the City category, scooping a gold award while the Leeds BID secured joint winner and gold in the Town/Town Centre category and Morley earned a silver gilt.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment and sustainability, said: “We were delighted of course to see Leeds named as the overall winner in the City category, but what was also wonderful is that so many of our communities also scooped a host of gold and silver gilt awards, along with many others. We are immensely proud and fortunate to have so many talented green-fingered residents and in-bloom groups in Leeds, and I would like to thank everyone for all their efforts.”

Woodlesford claimed gold and was named winner in the Urban Community Group category, followed by Beeston, Bramhope and Calverley which received gold and Allerton Bywater, Holbeck and Swillington securing a silver gilt.

In the Town class Otley earned gold and was named category winner, pipping Garforth, which also claimed gold. Pudsey and Horsforth won a silver gilt. Bramham netted gold in the Large Village category; Scholes and Great & Little Preston earned a silver gilt. Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Pudsey Park, Cross Flats Park, Calverley Park, the Friends of Sandringham Park - Wetherby, Springhead Park, Potternewton Park and East End Park received gongs. Shadwell; Cottingley; Halton; Langdale, Woodlesford; Kirkstall; Rawdon; Tempest Road, Beeston and Woodkirk, Morley, were also recognised.