Blooming marvellous! Leeds communities celebrate horticultural competition success

Barwick in Bloom chairman John Tinker with Yorkshire in Bloom judges Pat Braithwaite and Melvyn Riley during their visit to the village in July.
Barwick in Bloom chairman John Tinker with Yorkshire in Bloom judges Pat Braithwaite and Melvyn Riley during their visit to the village in July.

Communities across Leeds are celebrating after petal power helped them achieve success at the Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Big winners included Barwick in Elmet, which was named best village in the Royal Horticultural Society competition.

Barwick in Bloom secretary Geoff Yapp said: “[This result is] a credit to all the hard work put in by our volunteers and the tremendous support which we receive from our sponsors and village residents.”

Kippax won the competition’s urban community category while Horsforth took first place in its town section.

Other areas recognised by the judges included Bramham, Scholes, Allerton Bywater, Bramhope, Calverley, Holbeck, Woodlesford and Pudsey.

Leeds came first in the city category while Morley won a silver gilt award.

Cross Flatts Park, Churwell Urban Woodland, Horsforth Hall Park and Calverley Park were among the open spaces that received praise.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment and sustainability, said: “We are unbelievably fortunate to have in Leeds an array of residents, community groups, council staff, businesses and other organisations whose hard work and dedication is ensuring that our city and communities continue to look so wonderful.

“I would like to personally thank every single volunteer for their tremendous enthusiasm and commitment.

“It is brilliant, therefore, to see all their efforts recognised by the Yorkshire in Bloom judges which saw the city and community groups earn a variety of awards and walk away as category winners in various sections.”

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