Floral communities across Leeds are celebrating a haul of prestigious prizes from this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
The city overall scored a double victory by claiming the top award in the Large City category as well as The Yorkshire Rose Chairman’s Award, which recognises an area that has made outstanding efforts to promote all aspects of the different In Bloom campaigns.
The awards ceremony, which was held at York Racecourse this week, was also a fruitful event for local In Bloom groups, with Shadwell and Kippax being named category winners in the Large Village and Urban Community classes respectively.
In Bloom groups in Woodlesford, Calverley, Scholes and Rothwell claimed also Gold awards.
Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “These types of awards do not just happen by accident, but by the dedication of so many people.
“I would personally like to thank our community groups, In Bloom groups, friends of groups and the council’s parks and countryside team for their continued hard work and commitment.”
Groups in Pudsey, Ledston, Great and Little Preston, Micklefield, Bramham, Allerton Bywater, Beeston, Holbeck, Bramhope, Horsforth and Otley also picked up Silver Gilt medals, while Swillington got a Silver.
The awards follow a visit, which was made by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges to Leeds earlier this year, where a number green spaces, squares and gardens in both the city centre and outer communities were assessed.
Next up is the Britain in Bloom awards this October, with groups from both Barwick and Garforth vying for honours.
Coun Dobson added: “It is fantastic news that we were able to earn both the Large City and Chairman’s prizes at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
“This really is a great achievement, which was again capped by the success of our local In Bloom groups, who year in, year out do such a great job in making communities right across the city look so great.”
Yorkshire in Bloom is a charity and the regional body representing the Britain in Bloom campaign, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The region’s best five areas are chosen to represent Yorkshire in the RHS national finals the next year. Visit www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk for details.