Leeds In Bloom photo competition winner revealed

Maureen Woodworth's winning entry taken at Golden Acre Park in Leeds.

Maureen Woodworth's winning entry taken at Golden Acre Park in Leeds.

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Talented Maureen Woodworth is feeling just grand after landing £1,000 in a competition celebrating the best gardens in Leeds.

Maureen, 67, from Guiseley, scooped the cash by grabbing first place in a new photo category at this year’s Leeds In Bloom event.

Her winning picture was taken in Bramhope’s Golden Acre Park and will now go on display in public spaces across the city.

Maureen, a retired teacher, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I do quite a lot of painting and I tend to take photos of things I think will make good subjects for a watercolour.

“One day I was in the park and saw this lovely garden area. It looked very picturesque, so naturally I took some pictures.

“I decided to enter one when I heard there was a photo category at Leeds In Bloom this year.

“I’m delighted to have won – now I’ve just got to work out how to spend the money!”

Three horticultural prizes were handed out in the competition, organised by Leeds City Council.

They went to George Snowden, of Burley, for best floral plant containers, Audrey Sylvester, of Farsley, for best large garden and Billy Roberts, of Scholes, for best small garden.

Runners-up places in the photography section went to Keith Batchelor, from Whitkirk, and Lucy Connally, from Gipton.

Richard Gill, horticultural and floral initiatives officer at the city council, said: “The idea of the new photo category was to show us what ‘in bloom’ meant to the people of Leeds.

“We had some exceptional photos to choose from.”

Prize money was supplied by the competition’s sponsor, Leeds parcel delivery service myhermes.co.uk.

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