Village gardens in blooming good show

Chairman of Barwick in Bloom John Tinker, pictured in one of the open gardens in the village. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Chairman of Barwick in Bloom John Tinker, pictured in one of the open gardens in the village. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Green fingered residents of a north Leeds village are busy preparing their prize winning gardens for an annual open day on Sunday.

Last year Barwick in Elmet flew the flag for Leeds at the national 2013 Britain in Bloom awards scooping a gold award and were just pipped to the post in the ‘Large Village’ group, while neighbouring Garforth, making their first appearance ever at Britain in Bloom, earned a Silver Gilt in the ‘Town’ category.

Visitors can look around the 13 open gardens in return for a small donation.

Villager John Tinker, chairman of Barwick in Bloom a former Leeds City Council Director of Parks, is not entering his own garden this year but helping to oversee efforts. He was last year honoured in the Community Champion category for his work with the Barwick in Bloom group.

Mr Tinker said: “Everyone is busy this week in the gardens, The parish church has a good display. It is the 14th year we have run Barwick in Bloom competition and is always well attended.

“We hope to keep up our efforts following last year’s gold in Britain in Bloom, so there is a lot to be done.”

The garden at Barwick’s parish church, situated in four acres of land, are tended to by volunteers, led by Colin Bond. is on show as is the permanent fixture of Jubilee Gardens, behind the methodist chapel, which also contains a bug hotel and bird boxes.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said: “It was fantastic last year to see Leeds feature in the Britain in Bloom awards.

“Also last year John Tinker, the council’s former director of Parks John Tinker for picking up a Community Champion award for his work with the Barwick in Elmet in bloom group, which is richly deserved.

“We are extremely fortunate as a city to have so many people with a real passion and dedication for their in bloom groups that play such a massive part in making our communities look so great. I would like to thank every single person, group and organisation, along with the council’s parks and countryside team for their commitment and hard work.”

The 13 gardens can be seen on Sunday June 22 from 1-5pm. Visitors can follow signs for free parking in Barwick in Elmet village on Heaps’s field. Tickets to tour all the gardens can be bought in the car park for £3.

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