Blooming great shots as a dozen Leeds scenes make 2015 calendar

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BUDDING photographers sent in their favourite shots for a new calendar that is fast becoming a firm fixture of the city’s landscape.

The 2015 Leeds in Bloom Calendar attracted scores of entries of some of the most scenic views across Leeds.

And the winning 12 images have been revealed for the new calendar, celebrating the city’s fantastic parks, gardens and green spaces.

The magic of the Tour de France’s arrival in Leeds was marked by a picture from Dan Lake, which will feature on the July page of the calendar.

And a stunning picture taken by John Bargh of a crisp winter’s day in Golden Acre Park, will appear on the December page.

A delighted Councillor Jack Dunn and Sandra Lingwood, from sponsors Hermes UK, presented a certificate to winner Mandy Haxby, whose picture of birds on a tree will feature in the January page of the calendar.

The annual competition by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside team, gave winners a £100 cash prize.

For snappers in the 4-16 age range there was the added incentive of winning £300 of horticultural vouchers for their school.

Judges said that the quality was of a high standard. The winners were invited to meet Coun Dunn at Hermes UK in Morley and see their pictures feature in the 2015 calendar for the first time.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said: “We are extremely fortunate to have some fantastic parks, gardens and green spaces in our city, and it is brilliant that every year we are able to showcase their beauty using pictures from photographers of all ages in our Leeds In Bloom calendar.

“It was an extremely difficult task to whittle down all the entries to just 12 and we would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to take part. This just goes to show the love and passion that so many people have for our city’s green spaces.”

Leeds has a thriving In-Bloom network and this year claimed a prestigious gold award in the ‘Large City’ group category. In a first for the city, Roundhay Park also walked away with the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Best Public Park’ award, while Kippax in Bloom claimed a Silver Gilt in the ’Urban Communities’ category.

The calendars, which are free, are available at all Leeds City Council parks and countryside estate shops.