Bloom judges visit

Pictured from left are Yorkshire in Bloom judge Michael Irving, Town Crier Simon Shaw, Yorkshire in Bloom judge Lovaine Irving, Mayoress Christine Willoughby, Mayor Andrew Willoughby, and Harrogate Borough Council Parks Development Officer Kate Dawson

JUDGES from Yorkshire In Bloom visited Knaresborough last week for the summer round of the annual In Bloom judging.
A hectic two hours was spent in some very mixed weather visiting key areas of the town including schools where judges enjoyed meeting youngsters from Knaresborough St John's CE Primary School at their allotment and the children from St Mary's RC Primary School harvesting their potatoes in their garden.
Judge Michael Irving, who was joined by Lovaine Irving, was particularly impressed with the quality of planting found at many of the town's public houses.
In a short stretch from the Cross Keys, passing the Market Tavern and taking in the Old Royal Oak, Michael said "If you get the chance, do thank the managers and landlords of these pubs for making the effort to put all these window boxes, hanging baskets and troughs in place. We really do appreciate it and it makes such a difference to the town."
Dodging between the rain showers, the tour finished at the Market Square where Town Crier Simon Shaw made a special cry to the judges to encourage them to give the town a good score!
The judging vehicle was supplied by Mill Garages Nissan and the tour was completed at Knaresborough House with a buffet lunch where the judges got the chance to wind down and mingle with the town's gardeners, members of Knaresborough in Bloom and representatives from Knaresborough organisations who help Knaresborough in Bloom achieve so much.
Chair of Knaresborough in Bloom, Coun Christine Willoughby thanked everyone involved.