Leeds is cream of crop in 2014 Yorkshire in Bloom awards

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Yorkshire in Bloom judges have inspected scores of gardens in their bid to find the cream of the crop across the county.

And the efforts of green fingered Leeds folk have been recognised in abundance.

Barwick-in-Elmet was named winner of the large village category. In the urban community category, Calverley was awarded gold; Woodlesford received gold and Swillington silver.

Beeston won a silver award in the urban community category and a Leeds United fans’ favourite fish and chip shop, Park Fisheries in Beeston, scooped two awards.

Owner Simon Mortimer, often dubbed ‘the grumpy fryer’, said he was ‘delighted’ with the honours for commercial award and large business premises, and was now looking forward to the results from Leeds in Bloom next month, which they had also entered.

Simon said: “I think we may try for Britain in Bloom next year, and then we will get Good Old Beeston on the map for all the right reasons.”

Judges said: “The customers must come from far and wide to enjoy fish and chips in such a setting more akin to a Mediterranean than an urban area in Leeds.

Gail and Simon this year promoted the Tour De France, Beeston in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom and plan to extend their planting next year.”

Winners across Leeds

Small village: Esholt (silver)

Large village:

Barwick-in-Elmet WINNER (gold)

Bramham (gold)

Great and Little Preston (silver gilt)

Shadwell (silver gilt)

Urban community:

Allerton Bywater (silver gilt)

Beeston (silver)

Birstall (silver gilt)

Calverley (gold)

Swillington (silver)

Woodlesford (gold)

Large town (12,001-35,000 residents)

Knaresborough WINNER (gold)

Pontefract (silver)

Pudsey (silver)

Harrogate Flower Show Young People’s Award went to Pudsey Lowtown School prize especially for Julie Kirk-Dooley, who has made gardening part of school life.

The Sawley Arms Award went to Christine Wood, of Countrystyle Foods.

Commerical award went to Park Fisheries, Beeston, which also won a gold, in the Business Premises Large category, for its efforts.

In the public, private and charity category, awards went to St Gemma’s Hospice (gold) and York Gate Gardens, Leeds, which was named WINNER.

Under the pubs and restaurants category, the Three Horse Shoes, at Oulton was named.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, in Birstall and the Red House Museum, in Gomersal, were named joint category winners under Country Houses, parks and gardens category.

The ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ awards went to The Rainbow Allotment, Leeds; Garforth Town Street; Kirkstall Community gardens; Halton in Bloom and Sandringham Park, at Wetherby and Fountain Primary School in Morley.

More details and other category winners across Yorkshire can be seen at: www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk under results.

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